Hey George! George Takei to be specific.
Funny eh? No, not really. We gave up on trying to be funny just as much as we gave up on trying to find anything we don’t like about George Takei. Anyone who wasn’t dwelling under a rock during the original Star Trek series knows him as Lt. Sulu, the guy who steered the USS Enterprise, while managing not to whore himself around the universe like his beloved Captain Kirk. But in this trekkie blogger’s opinion, his Hollywood career as a perpetually BRF‘d fake spaceship driver is probably one of the least interesting things about George.
He was born in 1937 and placed, with his family, in a Japanese internment camp at 5 years old, and remained there until the end of World War II. Once released, he did what any rational internment survivor would do, he joined the Boy Scouts, finished school and decided to become an actor. Eventually Gene Roddenberry (how many times have we seen his name flash across our TVs?) wisely cast him as Lt. Sulu. It didn’t take the trekkies long to realize that this guy was no “Yoeman Johnson” who was going to die on one of his captain’s booty call expeditions. I frankly can’t imagine Trek without him.
Fast forward a few years and in 2005, to the sound of a million “duhs”, Takei officially announced that he is gay. A few years later and after an 18 year committed relationship, he married Brad Altman, or as George calls him, “Bradders”. He’s since been an activist with groups like the Human Rights Campaign Coming Out Project and has been outspoken in pointing out public idiocy like that of school board VP Clint McCance’s ridiculously homophobic remarks or the “Don’t Say Gay” Tennessee legislature bill, to which George offered his last name as an alternative to be used in place of the word “gay”.
My father, of similar age to George, still refers to Facebook as “The Facebook” and refuses to participate because, in his words, “people might get my credit card numbers”. George on the other hand has embraced it! He has a very popular Facebook page and although we’re not sure how much of the witty material is his vs. his “staffers”, his page is nonetheless hilarious. Kudos for eschewing the ageist stereotypes and making social media yours George!
And without resting on his laurels, George is now starring on Broadway in a musical called “Allegiance”, inspired by George’s life story and set during the period of Japanese internment in Word War II. We haven’t seen this show yet but it has a few weeks left on Broadway and we are not going to miss it! George, thanks for being you.