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Old August 25 2014, 06:09 AM   #1
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To Be Takei

I know some want George Takei to just give it a rest, so let me put it to our humble community here. Should I watch this documentary on the man?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUkA3RvwcWw

I know recently Takei got into a little controversy (again) when he re-tweeted a photograph of a woman struggling out of a wheelchair to fetch a bottle of liquor. He later apologized.

Click on the link to see the pic.

http://www.slate.com/articles/health..._disabled.html

What say you, BBSers?
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Old August 25 2014, 06:27 AM   #2
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Re: To Be Takei

Why not? The reviews have been decent, and Takei has led an intersting life.
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Old August 25 2014, 08:53 AM   #3
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Yawn
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Old August 25 2014, 02:57 PM   #4
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Re: To Be Takei

HaplessCrewman wrote: View Post
I know some want George Takei to just give it a rest, so let me put it to our humble community here. Should I watch this documentary on the man?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUkA3RvwcWw

What say you, BBSers?
I read his autobiography and found it very interesting, so why not see the documentary?
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Old August 25 2014, 03:50 PM   #5
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Re: To Be Takei

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Yawn
x1000.

He's a walking sideshow of shame, self-promotion and idiotic behavior---all to scream for attention he feels he deserved 50 years ago.

The sad part is that he's the only guy buying into that fantasy.
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Old August 25 2014, 04:12 PM   #6
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The most important moments in George's life are living in an American concentration camp, being on Star Trek, and getting married.
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Old August 25 2014, 09:35 PM   #7
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Shatner was hired for exactly ten minutes for Takei's commentary as it was all he could spare. Reports indicate after appearing with Takei for close to 100 hours of episodes and films, he claims they've had minimal contact and barely knows him from the stuntmen and understudies. Total shat, I say.
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Old August 25 2014, 10:43 PM   #8
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It's not surprising that Shatner hardly knows the man. I've worked film sets, and the actors don't always pal around between takes. Routinely they flee to their dressing rooms or trailers to get some privacy or work on their lines for the next scenes or take care of personal business. There are plenty of people I worked with on teams for YEARS whom I don't really know personally. Sometimes being at work is just being at work.

Not saying Shatner's not an arse. A friend who worked as his assistant for a few days assured me of that.
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Old August 25 2014, 11:16 PM   #9
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Takei's Shatner whining makes him seem like he was in the same position of early 1970s TOS fans, who bought into various publications going on and on about the "Star Trek family" myth, and somehow expected myth to be reality.
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Old August 27 2014, 02:04 AM   #10
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As much as I like Takei and his acting abilities, as well as the message he's trying to put out, it all seems a bit like he's grasping for attention. I mean, if Shatner did a documentary movie about him, I think a lot of people would be calling him an attention whore.
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Old August 27 2014, 02:36 AM   #11
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With all the "Star Trek Memories" books, goofy commercials, talk-show appearances, videos, etc. that Shatner's done over the last several decades, it's Takei you're denigrating as an attention-seeker?
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Old August 27 2014, 03:11 AM   #12
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I've met Takei twice: once at a convention in 1990, and once in 1994 when he was signing his autobiography, which I enjoyed immensely. (By the way, he was a total gentleman both times. I loved him. Great guy.)

I remember wondering about his love life, because there was no mention of girlfriends, boyfriends or anything romantic.

I loved him, really nice guy.

I say let him enjoy himself. Ever since he came out of the closet, he seems to be enjoying all the newfound attention. Good for him!

I just don't like the repeated Shatner bashing, but maybe that's because the Shat has been a lifelong idol of mine.
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Old August 27 2014, 03:51 AM   #13
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Re: To Be Takei

I think he brings attention to himself because there are many people in parts of the world that don't personally know any gay people. It's easy for bigoted people to say that they hate a group that's different from them when they don't have any friends or family members in that group. He humanizes two important minorities: gay men, Asian actors.

Does he post things that offend some people? Yes. But nowadays everyone seems to be looking for a reason to be offended, and unlike a lot of people, he seems apologetic when he realizes he's done wrong.
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Old August 27 2014, 04:33 AM   #14
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Re: To Be Takei

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With all the "Star Trek Memories" books, goofy commercials, talk-show appearances, videos, etc. that Shatner's done over the last several decades, it's Takei you're denigrating as an attention-seeker?
Shatner was/is in demand--he (unlike Takei) has an audience crossing several generations. There would be no T.J. Hooker, Priceline, Boston Legal or the other innumerable TV spots, guest starring roles, etc., if the demand did not exist.

On the other hand, Takei begs for an audience, and will perform any manner of butthole stunts / personal attacks to get attention.
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Old August 27 2014, 04:59 AM   #15
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Eh, whatever he's doing seems to be working for him.

The TOS cast isn't getting any younger, so I'm happy to enjoy seeing them in the spotlight for as long as I can.

These guys are ALL older than Roddenberry when Roddenberry died...so more power to him.
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