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George Takei Suggests Disqualifying Russian Athletes For Breaching The Olympic Charter

George_Takei_(5777843905)Nothing is a major issue until George Takei starts talking about it.

The out actor and gay rights advocate’s razor-sharp with and comedic take on some pretty major LGBT issues has made him somewhat of a pop culture icon these days. He stopped by “The Agenda” on SiriusXM Progress this week to share his thoughts on IOC President Jacques Rogge.

“Rogge is a weak and spineless person,” Takei told host Ari Rabin-Havt. Rogge has come under fire recently for failing to ensure the safety of LGBT athletes at the 2014 Games in Sochi.

“He says he’s talked to the Russian government,” he continued, “and they won’t relent, so he’s thrown up his hands.” Takei is asking people to sign a Change.org petition to urge the IOC to move the 2014 Olympics out of Russia. If they can’t be moved, he suggests disqualifying Russian athletes for breaching the Olympic Charter.

You can listen to the full interview here.