William Shatner Rails Against George Takei
William Shatner is positively bitchy in a video that finds him attacking George Takei, questioning his former Star Trek castmate's mental state and saying he feels nothing but pity for him. The Klingons were never even this brutal. It's crazy!
As everyone knows, Takei isn't a big fan of Shatner's. In fact, when the openly gay Takei, who played Mr. Sulu on Star Trek, got hitched to his longtime partner Brad Altman last month, it was reported that he made it a point to let the world know that Captain Kirk wouldn't be beaming in for the ceremony because he wasn't invited. Oh, but Takei did make sure to invite the rest of the Star Trek gang, including Mr. Spock.
Apparently, the diss got to Shatner, who made and posted a video on his site TheShatnerProject.com and YouTube in which an unidentified woman interviews him about the rift between him and Takei, and Shatner goes off.
When asked how he felt about Takei making a point of not inviting him to his wedding, Shatner responds, "The whole thing makes me feel badly. Poor man. There is such a sickness there. It's so painfully obvious that there is a psychosis there."
Shatner claims he has no idea why Takei dislikes him. "I don't know what the original thing was. I have no idea. I didn't read his book that was printed many years ago, but, apparently, I didn't let somebody have a closeup," Shatner cracks.
As much as he'd like to act like he is above the fray, Shatner can't resist making a dig at Takei for waiting so many years to come out. "Talk about festering and not living the truth of your life and feeling badly about yourself and being fearful that somebody would find out this terrible, terrible secret—so he thought," Shatner says. "Finally, at the age of, I think, 70, he decides to come out of the closet and say, 'I'm gay.' Like who cares? Be gay. Don't be gay. That's up to you, George."
For my part, I think it is time for these two old dudes kiss and make up. Wasn't Star Trek on TV like 80 years ago? Isn't it time to let bygones be bygones?
They appeared to be building a bridge a few years back when Takei actually took part in Comedy Central's Roast of William Shatner, describing Shatner as a rich, goey Devil's Food cake that he wanted to drop his face into.
But, clearly, someone left that cake out in the rain.
If you haven't seen Shatner's rant against Takei, here it is. Check it out, and share your response. We must discuss!
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This just in: As if this situation isn't ridiculous enough, there is a new twist in the Shatner vs. Takei drama. Takei has issued a statement claiming that he did invite Shatner to his wedding. It reads: "It is unfortunate that Bill was unable to join us for our wedding as he indeed was invited to attend. It is our hope that at this point he joins us in voting NO on Proposition 8, which seeks to eliminate the fundamental right for same-sex couples to marry in California."
Takei's statement was released through the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), which explains in a press release that Shatner was invited to Takei's wedding through his manager Larry Thompson when invitations were sent out in July, noting that Takei confirmed the invite in an interview with the TV Guide Channel's Watercooler show.
GLAAD also cites a story published by the Associated Press in September in which Takei confirms that Shatner was invited but had not RSVPd.
Not to take Shatner's side, but he is clearly under the impression that he wasn't invited, and maybe he didn't get the invitation. Who knows? It could have gotten lost in the mail.
I'm not a conspiracy theorist, but my friend T is, and he says he wouldn't be surprised if Shatner and Takei are in cahoots, fanning the flames for publicity. All the petty tit for tat is starting to feel contrived. What do you think?