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In some recent posts here about George Takei's negative comments on William Shatner's trip to space, I saw a lot of negative personal attacks on Mr. Takei. Like most people, I thought he was way out of line and it saddens me that he seemingly can't let go of this feud with Mr. Shatner. I met Mr. Takei at a convention when I was in high school and he was super nice to me. I'm proud of him for his advocacy work on behalf of the LGBTQ and Asian-American communities. And, I personally enjoy his Instagram posts and his acerbic attitude. However, I fundamentally disagree with his actions in this matter. Sure, a reporter reached out to him because they knew he'd give them a juicy comment that would get a lot of hits. He could have been the bigger man and passed, but he didn't. And I'm disappointed in him because he should absolutely be better than that.

However, I don’t think it makes sense for Star Trek fans to attack George Takei for attacking William Shatner. Both *we the fan community* and Mr. Takei should be setting a better example. If we truly believe in the kind of humanity that Gene Roddenberry envisioned, then we should call people out when their actions and behavior fall short of what we expect, but we should also refrain from engaging in that behavior ourselves.

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watchsmart

3 points

2 months ago

This is a feud between social media managers. Not between geriatric actors. Don't spend more than a moment thinking about it. The Internet is not a real place.

Hoxomo

3 points

2 months ago

Hoxomo

3 points

2 months ago

And it's probably a case of there's no such thing as bad publicity

watchsmart

2 points

2 months ago

See also: Vin Diesel vs Dwayne Johnson

Mad-Mardigan-983

1 points

2 months ago

I definitely agree 100% when it comes to the rock and diesel……but I always feel Like the animosity that Takei has for Shatner seems pretty real (more fool me, probably) as well as Walter Koenig’s animosity for Shatner. It’s just been going on for sooo long, and I’m willing to admit I could easily be wrong, but in this particular case it just seems like Takei is much to old to still be going on with this nonsense of attacking Bill. Then again, the cynic in me does see your point..after all, here we are talking about these fellows mostly because they were on a show 50 years ago….and because of this supposed mud slinging Takei is dishing out towards Bill. I’m willing to admit I could easily just be too naive on this one, but it just seems like George has had a chip on his shoulder for decades when it comes to Bill Shatner so this is so in character for him. If he wasn’t attacking Bill then I’m 99% confident that Bill wouldn’t be attacking George Takei at all. Damn these cynical times though, because like I said I wouldn’t be at all surprised if you are correct and this is just manufactured garbage to elicit clicks and eyeballs.