It’s Okay To Be Takei

George Takei has a deal to offer Tennesseans in the event that the “Don’t Say Gay” bill passes in the Legislature.

More info here.

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  1. Oh man I love it! Mr. Sulu, FTW!

  2. Jay Tea says:

    Oh, my…

  3. anjin-san says:

    Any Republican who enjoys Star Trek ought to be very, very embarrassed right about now. Takei is a living embodiment of Gene Roddenberry’s ideals. Good show!

  4. I’m reminded of his (mildly not work safe) bit from Jimmy Kimmel’s show a few years ago:

  5. michael reynolds says:

    George Takei sits in on the Howard Stern show a couple of weeks in the year and he’s always great.

  6. Jay Tea says:

    anjin, I got a stack of Star Trek books about two feet high. And that’s just the non-fiction and reference books.

    Roddenberry’s politics in Star Trek were sheer fantasy. Utterly unworkable. A socialist paradise.

    That’s why my favorite series is DS9. Actual economies, realistic politics, imperfect characters with real motives. The worst part of TNG was the socialist fantasy economics — no money, replicators and holodecks on command, all that crap — that was the real fantasy.


  7. anjin-san says:

    Roddenberry’s politics in Star Trek were sheer fantasy. Utterly unworkable

    This is coming from someone who never outgrew Heinlein? Thanks, it was a long day & I needed a laugh.

    I guess I could comment about how owning a huge stack of books about something you call “crap” bringing your intelligence into question, but I think the jury has been in on that one for a long time…

  8. Andy says:

    Michael Reynolds listens to Howard Stern. Maybe the world really is ending this weekend.

  9. anjin-san says:

    replicators and holodecks on command, all that crap

    If you look at emerging 3-D printing and technology such as X-Box kinect, we already have primitive versions of replicators and holodeck technology that work today.

    As for DS9, the only decent characters were aliens, particularly the Ferengi and Cardassians. Major Kira & Dax were particularly terrible. Avery Brooks is a good actor, but he never got out of first gear as Sisko. It was one long, painful smolder. And is there anyone, anywhere who ever gave a crap about the Bejoran spirituality that the writers seemed obsessed with?

    The overall show was so mediocre that they eventually turned in desperation to the war with the Dominion and Star Wars style space battle scenes in a failed attempt to create interest. Eventually, Rick Berman drove the entire franchise into the ground where it lay until it was rescued by a new creative team.

  10. michael reynolds says:

    Howard Stern is a genius.

  11. Kylopod says:

    Man, that was cool.

    Unfortunately, long ago schools passed a “Don’t say Trek” law, where anyone who utters anything related to Star Trek in any context gets instantly expelled.


  12. sam says:


    “Actual economies”

    Yeah, I’ve always thought that Quark and the other Ferengi were the perfect embodiment of capitalism.

  13. Andy says:


    He probably is, I just hadn’t tagged you as a Stern fan.

  14. Vast Variety says:

    I am a proud Takei man.

  15. Jay Tea says:

    sam, the Ferengi were a caricature of capitalism, pushed by socialists — kind of like the liberals who tell libertarians to “go to Somalia, it’s a libertarian paradise.” But they actually had a far more plausible economic system than any other group in the whole Trek universe — especially the Federation, who “didn’t need money” but still had to occasionally refer to “credits” to keep things even remotely plausible.

    And DS9 had some of the best, most complicated characters in Trek — for example, Winn and Dukat prior to that last season (I pretend that part didn’t happen.) Both villains, but neither saw themselves as villains but heroes in service to a greater good. O’Brien, the Everyman. Sisko, the “atheist” who found himself a major religious figure. Odo, the ultimate outsider and alien. Kira, the former terrorist trying to grow beyond it. Dax, the dual entity who has a form of “immortality.” It was a hell of a show, once it found its legs.


  16. anjin-san says:

    Sam – bet you did not even realize TNG was a sinister plot to advance Gene Roddenberry’s socialist agenda. When you consider that he created a multi-billion dollar franchise and made a lot of people rich using nothing but imagination, talent, hard work and ambition – he was an interesting kind of socialist.

    I was going to comment on the irony of a sci-fi fan who does not have enough imagination to conceptualize a system that operates without money, but I think the time would be better spent going to SF early and enjoying the sunshine. Giants vs. A’s tonight, big fun @ AT&T 🙂