Actor and LGBT activist George Takei weighed in on Russia’s harsh new anti-gay policies–and the news that those policies would be enforced on athletes and spectators at the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014.

I’m not trying to defend Russia here, but I love when the American media gangs up on Russia like it’s 1962. We had the Olympics in Atlanta and Salt Lake and no American had a problem with that.

I get that the Olympics are a great platform to protest against to make your voice heard. But you gotta pick a smarter fight.