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Video: The Shatner/Takei Feud
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I’m not one to pay attention to celebrity gossip or feuds, but some items make me take notice. One such instance is the long-running feud between Star Trek alums William Shatner and George Takei, which was back in the headlines again this week after the 77-year-old Shatner posted a video on YouTube talking about how upset that he was not to be invited to Takei’s recent wedding to long-time partner Brad Altman last month.

I saw Shatner’s video, as well as Takei’s exclusive rebuttal on ET where he states that Shatner was invited, but never responded, but really didn’t think anything of it (watch both videos here below). I’ve read every Trek biography out there, so I know that at some point or another, each member of the original cast was angry with Shatner for what they perceived to be his hogging of screen time on the 1960s television series. Claims were that Shatner, who played Captain James T. Kirk on the scifi series, often fought for most of the close-up shots and dialogue, which took away scenes from the supporting actors, including Takei, who played Lt. Hikaru Sulu. Shatner even owned up to this in numerous autobiographies and over the course of 40 years, has made it a point to speak to every one of his co-stars about the situation (except maybe for James Doohan, who I think refused to speak to him).

Anyhow, I’m watching my local news program this morning and I saw that they actually covered this story, and mentioned that it was even prominently feature in my local newspaper, NY Daily News. That’s ridiculous enough, but then I read the article which says that Shatner trashes Takei, calling him “sick” and “psychotic.” That’s really taking Shatner’s words out of context, plus, the way the article is written makes it seem like Shatner thinks Takei’s “psychosis” has something to do with his homosexuality.

Shatner, who stars on ABC’s “Boston Legal,” said he has no problem with Takei being gay and that he has “nothing but pity” for him.

See what I mean?

The 71-year-old Takei responded to Shatner’s video by speaking with ET, taking the opportunity to throw in a few requests for his fellow Californians to vote “NO” on Proposition 8 in the upcoming election (if it passes, the Proposition would take away the right for same-sex couples to marry in California, thereby nullifying Takei’s recent union to Altman). He mainly said that Shatner was invited and he has extended himself to his former castmate several times and will continue to do so in the future. A nice touch, I think, very dignified.

Anyhow, for those of you who don’t know, this is a long-time feud stemming from jealousy among castmates on a 3-season-long television show from the 1960s (and its subsequent movie sequels), which has been resolved, then reignited so many times over the last four decades that this really isn’t news. But, if you want to watch the videos, they’re here below for your viewing pleasure.

Video

William Shatner Video

George Takei’s Response

4 Comments »

  1. This is just about the most boring thing ever.

    Comment by Jason — October 27, 2008 @ 4:36 am

  2. Not the article, I mean the feud.

    Comment by Jason — October 27, 2008 @ 4:36 am

  3. One old man angry at another. News at 11

    Comment by DrNecropolis — October 27, 2008 @ 5:36 pm

  4. Takei’s the shit! Man Shatner’s been acting like an ass. Bill, man up and apologise to George. At least Takei can laugh at the whole thing. He wins.

    Comment by dave — November 12, 2008 @ 11:40 pm

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