Continuing to be the center of attention when it comes to Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, Memories Pizza has received a negative response from Star Trek star, George Takei after capturing nearly $850,000 through a GoFundMe campaign.
One of the production crew of The Dana Show took the crowdfunding campaign to raise $200,000 for the pizzeria, after it received backlash due to its owners showing support for Governor Pence and his new bill. The negative impact caused the Indiana shop to close down.
Upon hearing about Memories Pizza’s “funding success,” Takei took to Facebook and wrote:
“An Indiana pizzeria that declared it would refuse to cater a same-sex wedding received over $840,000 in donations on its gofundme campaign. So I wondered: Would my Indiegogo campaign, on behalf of a place that stands for equality and civil rights, raise even half of that?”
Takei’s Indiegogo campaign and Broadway hopeful, Allegiance, shares the story of story about Japanese Kimura family (mainly the tale about the brother and sister Sammy and Kei). Their journey will take them from the safety of the rich California heartland to the wastelands of Wyoming and then to the battlefields of Europe.
Takei will play the role as an America war hero that will recount his family’s experience. The show will offer a rare and personal look into a time when everyday citizens became heroes.
Meanwhile, Takei has also been advocating against Indiana’s new bill. During a recent interview with MSNBC, he stated:
“The people that were pushing this bill, were the same people that were trying to add an amendment to the Indiana state constitution banning marriage equity. And so, you know, we see right through it. That religious veil is quite transparent. It was a very clear effort to discriminate against gays and lesbians.
“It is really the people of Indiana leading the opposition to this law.”
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