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William Shatner calls George Takei ‘bitter’ for ‘blackening’ his name over the years

  • During an interview with The Times, actor William Shatner talked about his decades-long feud with George Takei and other “Star Trek” co-stars, calling them “bitter and embittered.”
  • Over the years, a number of his co-stars on the popular sci-fi series have criticized his work ethic, calling him difficult to work with. 
  • "Sixty years after some incident, they are still on that track. Don't you think that's a little weird?" Shatner was quoted as saying. "It's like a sickness. I began to understand that they were doing it for publicity."
  • Takei, who appears to be Shatner’s most vocal critic, called Shatner a "guinea pig" for joining Jeff Bezos' space flight last year.
  • “George has never stopped blackening my name,” Sharner remarked. “These people are bitter and embittered. I have run out of patience with them. Why give credence to people consumed by envy and hate?”

William Shatner has opened up about the longtime animosity between him and “Star Trek” co-star George Takei.

Shatner, who first portrayed Captain James T. Kirk in the 1966 “Star Trek” series, called Takei (Hikaru Sulu) and other co-stars “bitter and embittered” during an interview with British newspaper The Times that was published on Friday.

Sandra Oh, Randall Park, George Takei and Bowen Yang added to Asian American star lineup of ‘Gremlins’ prequel series

  • Sandra Oh, Randall Park, George Takei and Bowen Yang were announced as guest stars in the animated prequel series “Gremlins: Secrets of Mogwai.”
  • Zach Galligan, who played Billy in the original film franchise, is also set to make a return.
  • Already announced to lead the series are actors James Hong as the grandpa, Ming-Na Wen as Fong Wing, BD Wong as Hon Wing and Izaac Wang as Sam Wing.

More familiar faces have been added to the lineup of Asian American stars lending their voices to the upcoming animated prequel series “Gremlins: Secrets of Mogwai.” 

During the show’s panel event at San Diego Comic-Con on Friday, Sandra Oh, Randall Park, George Takei and Bowen Yang were announced as guest stars in the 10-episode series, with Zach Galligan, who played Billy in the original film franchise, also set to make a return. 

‘Those motherf*****s really did it’: Asian American celebs condemn SCOTUS overturning of Roe v. Wade

  • Several Asian American celebrities reacted to Friday’s historic Supreme Court overturning of Roe v. Wade, with some condemning it as “devastating” and “backwards.”
  • With the ruling, access to abortions is no longer considered a constitutional right, meaning the individual states now dictate reproductive healthcare.
  • Actors and athletes took to social media to express their contempt at the overturning of half a century’s precedent on reproductive rights.
  • In a back to back Instagram post, journalist Lisa Ling wrote that “guns have more rights than women in America,” also adding that it was “time to rise up.”
  • The news was expected by many considering a leaked draft of the decision was widely circulated previously in early May.

Several Asian American celebrities reacted to Friday’s historic Supreme Court overturning of Roe v. Wade, with some criticizing it as “devastating” and “backwards.”

With the ruling, access to abortions is no longer considered a constitutional right, meaning the individual states now dictate reproductive healthcare.

‘We are at that point’: George Takei warns US ‘beginning to spiral’ after SCOTUS abortion opinion leak

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  • In a Twitter thread yesterday that has since gone viral, actor George Takei, 85, warned that the U.S. has reached a point where things are “beginning to spiral.”
  • He urged readers to not “remain complacent” in light of global inflation, an ongoing pandemic and the Russia-Ukraine war.
  • Takei also emphasized the importance of voting come November, stating that if we “do not HOLD THE LINE NOW,” the “spiral of chaos” will then continue.
  • Takei ended by warning that “the stakes are too high, the cost too great,” adding, “We must mobilize, and we must defeat this scourge. NOW.”
  • The posts come after a draft of the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down Roe v. Wade, which guarantees Americans constitutional protections to abortion rights, was leaked earlier this week.
  • Takei, a Japanese American and World War II incarceration camp survivor, has historically been outspoken about several political issues, describing his dark childhood as highly influential to his identity.

In a Twitter thread yesterday that has since gone viral, actor George Takei, 85, warned that the U.S. has reached a point where things are “beginning to spiral.” 

The posts come just after a draft of the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down Roe v. Wade, which guarantees Americans constitutional protections to abortion rights, was leaked earlier this week.

New York City to host its first-ever Japanese heritage parade 

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  • New York will have its first-ever Japan Day Parade on May 14 to honor residents of Japanese descent and their culture.
  • While the metropolitan area has previously seen celebrations such as the Japan Day festival at Central Park, the parade’s organizers said bringing the festivities to the streets will reach more people.
  • The parade, which was originally scheduled to coincide with the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, will start at 1 p.m. at Central Park West on 81st St. and will end at 68th St.
  • There will also be a street fair operating along 69th Street between Columbus Avenue and Central Park West from 1:00 p.m. to around 4:30 p.m.
  • Actor and activist George Takei will be the grand marshal of the event, which expects over 1,700 participants, including members of martial arts groups, dance troupes and music ensembles.
  • Ambassador Mikio Mori, the Japanese consul-general in New York, said the event’s postponed date “creates big momentum to make it better, to celebrate the recovery from the pandemic, as well as appreciation from the Japanese community to the city of New York."

New York will have its first-ever Japan Day Parade on May 14 to honor residents of Japanese descent and their culture.

The parade will see over 1,700 members of the Japanese and Japanese American communities in the New York metropolitan area marching in solidarity.

‘He is our Betty White now’: George Takei’s 2021 tweet on his marriage to a ‘white dude’ gets Reddit praise

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  • Japanese American actor George Takei’s 2021 tweet about his marriage warmed hearts after it made its way to Reddit’s page of most popular posts.
  • “Change is possible, even if it takes time,” Takei tweeted last year. “When I was younger, Asian men couldn’t legally marry white women. Now look at me. I married a white dude. Love you, Bradder.”
  • Takei publicly came out as gay in 2005 and married his longtime partner Brad Altman in 2008.
  • The couple became the first same-sex couple to obtain a marriage license in West Hollywood after the California Supreme Court allowed same-sex marriages.
  • Reddit users praised Takei for his positive outlook and sense of humor.

Japanese American actor George Takei’s 2021 tweet about his marriage resurfaced recently among Reddit’s most popular posts.

“Change is possible, even if it takes time,” Takei tweeted on May 22 last year. “When I was younger, Asian men couldn’t legally marry white women. Now look at me. I married a white dude.”

George Takei responds to RI lawmaker who says she lost ‘a black friend’ to critical race theory

  • Japanese American actor George Takei weighed in on a Rhode Island lawmaker’s tweet about critical race theory with his own experiences of Japanese internment.
  • The lawmaker, State Rep. Patricia Morgan, tweeted that she “had a Black friend” who, because of critical race theory, became “hostile and unpleasant.”
  • Takei adapted the format of Morgan’s tweet to mockingly reframe it, writing “I had a white friend… but then Pearl Harbor happened and whites became hostile and unpleasant.”

Japanese American actor and activist George Takei spoke out against a tweet by Rhode Island State Rep. Patricia Morgan, which criticized critical race theory.

The original tweet, posted by Morgan on Dec. 28, read “I had a Black friend. I liked her and I think she liked me. But now she is hostile and unpleasant. I am sure I didn’t do anything to her, except be white.” Morgan finished the tweet with #CRT, a reference to critical race theory. 

‘A dangerous precedent’: George Takei, Daniel Dae Kim, other celebs angered over Rittenhouse verdict

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Asian celebrities and activists took to Twitter on Friday to share their thoughts on the Kyle Rittenhouse shooting trial after a jury in Kenosha found him not guilty on all counts.

Background: The 18-year-old was on trial this month after fatally shooting two people and wounding another with an AR-15 rifle during the Black Lives Matter protests against police brutality in August 2020.

‘Boiling point of acceptance’: AAPI actors share views on Hollywood’s portrayal of Asian men

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Several AAPI actors recently shared what it’s like to thrive in Hollywood where Asian men have long been typecast into secondary roles that perpetuate racial stereotypes. 

Perspectives on representation: Nico Hiraga (“Moxie”), Charles Melton (“Riverdale”), Danny Pudi (“Mythic Quest”), Vincent Rodriguez III (“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”) and George Takei (“Star Trek”) spoke with Entertainment Weekly about the industry that treats AAPI men as undesirable sidekicks. 

Air Force Academy Encourages New Cadets to Read George Takei’s ‘They Called Us Enemy’

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The U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA) has given out copies of George Takei’s 2019 graphic memoir to new cadets, hoping that it helps get “our basics ready for what’s ahead.”

Why this matters: In “They Called Us Enemy,” Takei recounted his younger years in an incarceration camp during World War II when the U.S. effectively legalized racism against Japanese people.

George Takei Helps Lead Gay Community in Hijacking Proud Boys Hashtag

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George Takei has helped lead LGBTQ+ users in hijacking the hashtag “#ProudBoys” to drown out posts from people identifying with the right-leaning group of the same name on Twitter.

Over the weekend, photos of men celebrating their love took over the hashtag, which initially gained traction after President Donald Trump mentioned the group in last week’s presidential debate.