“Americans: We can endure higher prices for food and gas if it means putting the screws to Putin. Consider it a patriotic donation in the fight for freedom over tyranny,” Takei tweeted on Friday night.
Americans: We can endure higher prices for food and gas if it means putting the screws to Putin. Consider it a patriotic donation in the fight for freedom over tyranny.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) March 4, 2022
He was absolutely brutalized by social media users for the commentary, with Youtuber Viva Frei pointing out that Takei’s net worth is estimated to be $14 million. “We can endure higher prices for food and gas. But some can endure them more easily than others,” they said.
“Hey rich guy, you can endure this, but us working class people, this is crushing us. But what do you car looking down your nose at the people who make your world run…” another parroted.
While some shared their personal struggles to help the Hollywood millionaire understand the realities of the working class.
“Great! That means you will pay for my gas, Mr. Takei?? Sorry, one can’t justify higher gas prices because of the war. I’m middle class and have a son in college. I need to keep every penny I can. Have a good day,” a middle class mom wrote.
“I’m on disability. I can’t even afford both rent and utilities, and the costs don’t go to helping Ukraine, they line the pockets of the already rich,” said another. “As well meaning as I can see this tries to be, it’s both classist and ableist.”
“Many American and veteran live paycheck to check barely surviving now. This post is out of touch with the average American,” pointed out non-profit Code of Vets.
“People already living on the margins: *exist,* wrote one realist. “George Takei, multimillionaire: “You can afford to die of hunger to prove a point to a foreign leader you’ve never had anything to do with before.”
Takei followed up the post with a shot at the truck drivers participating in the People’s Convoy in Washington.
“Dear “freedom convoy:” Read the room. There’s a real struggle going on for freedom in Ukraine. Take your petty, moot Covid grievances and go home, think about your lives and priorities, and donate to help Ukraine,” he wrote.
“I’m trying to imagine what would happen if a bunch of Black folks decided to encircle the capital with their oversized vehicles to protest already-lifted Covid restrictions while we’re on the brink of war with Russia,” Takei tweeted. “But I’m [sic] can’t believe they’d ever be so damned foolish.”