Emmy-winning actor Michael Imperioli, renowned for his portrayal of mobster Chris Moltisanti in HBO's The Sopranos, has taken a unique stance following the recent US Supreme Court ruling in favor of a Christian web designer seeking legal protection to discriminate against same-sex marriage based on religious beliefs.
Interpreting the ruling in his own way, Imperioli has declared that he will ban "bigots and homophobes" from watching any of his work. In an Instagram post shared on Saturday, Imperioli expressed his decision, stating, "I've decided to forbid bigots and homophobes from watching The Sopranos, The White Lotus, Goodfellas, or any movie or TV show I've been in.
Thank you, Supreme Court, for allowing me to discriminate and exclude those who I don't agree with and am opposed to. USA! USA!"
Imperioli Decries Declining Intellectual Discourse
Continuing his message, Imperioli emphasized that "hate and ignorance is not a legitimate point of view" and expressed his concern over what he perceives as a decline in intellectual discourse in the country, stating, "America is becoming dumber by the minute." This is not the first time Imperioli has used his platform to support the LGBTQIA+ community.
Just last month, he shared a post celebrating Pride Month, urging people to stay strong, be fearless, and register to vote in order to remove "the bigots out of office." In another instance, he showed solidarity with transgender individuals by sharing an image of the Trans flag with a message of support and resilience.
In the midst of Imperioli's stance, the Supreme Court has been making headlines with a series of rulings that align with their current conservative majority. Alongside the controversial 6-3 decision that stripped away fundamental protections for same-sex couples, the Court also rejected President Biden's student loan forgiveness proposal and declared the use of affirmative action in college admissions to be unconstitutional.
Imperioli's declaration serves as a unique expression of his personal convictions and stands in support of inclusivity and equality. By employing the Supreme Court ruling in his own interpretation, he aims to assert his own agency and make a statement against bigotry and homophobia, contributing to the ongoing conversations surrounding these important societal issues.