George Takei’s hailing us and we’re putting him on screen. The Star Trek star is the focus of a new documentary, To Be Takei, which premieres at Sundance this week and he’s taking a few minutes to talk about the film and his extraordinary life with EW and YouTube at the Park City, Utah fest. You can participate in the Google+ hangout live Sunday, Jan. 19 at 6 p.m. PT/7 p.m. MT/9 p.m. ET by sharing your questions for Takei and the film’s director Jennifer M. Kroot using the hashtags #EWTalksSundance and #YouTubeSundance or by posting in the comments below.
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In this modern age of technology, George Takei definitely knows how to live long and prosper.
The Star Trek actor and social media maven has teamed up with the AARP for a bi-weekly series on YouTube called Takei’s Take, a smart, funny, irreverent look at what is happening in the world of the Internet and technology and how it infiltrates our lives. EW was on location at YouTube Space LA where the series is filmed to talk to George about the show, how Martin Luther King Jr. played a role in getting him to join Twitter, and why human behavior is the root of all our (tech) problems.
Takei was first approached by AARP to create the series because of his already large social media presence, which includes over 930,000 followers on Twitter and over 5 millions likes on his Facebook page. “I love the idea of sharing technology and what’s trending today with the entire demographic.” Takei told EW. “Obviously I’m of the upper baby boom generation, the AARP generation.” It was that generation of 50+ who were the original Star Trek fans and now it’s their children (and in some cases even their children’s children) who Takei wants to reach. “This is something that should be attractive to all generations.” After launching in September, the series already has over 65,000 subscribers on YouTube and just finished filming the first season.
Though he admits he has help and guidance, Takei is proud to be the older face of technology today and go against negative stereotypes, which as an Asian-American Takei says he has had to deal with his entire life. “Society in general needs to be more enlightened not to buy into stereotypes. Some of these advances are being made by senior citizens. Einstein was a senior! He was the pioneer of the future society that we are building.” But Takei is well aware that there are two sides to everything. “There are some youngsters who are absolutely dysfunctional when it comes to technology. But we shouldn’t stereotype all young people.”
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The always hilarious folks over at Funny or Die decided to put a “progressive” spin on the long-running ABC reality show The Bachelor, this time with a gay man handing out the roses to eligible bachelors. But clearly, a homosexual take would be a little more complicated.
George Takei serves as host for the show in which Modern Family‘s Jesse Tyler Ferguson plays Bryden (not to be confused with contestants Bryden G. and Bryden H.), the bachelor looking for love. Unfortunately, he finds that the other contestants are just all stereotypical gay men who care more about themselves than the man they are trying to compete for. And they all happen to be trial attorneys.
Check out the bachelor-only version of The Bachelor below:
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Russia isn’t winning any gold medals for tolerance.
In the wake of the country’s anti-gay laws passed in June, many are speaking out regarding Russia’s ability to hold the 2014 Winter Olympics, and if they do, whether other countries should boycott.
George Takei, in a blog post titled, “Sochi: Winter of Hate” spoke against Russia’s “draconian gay propaganda law,” explaining, “Last week, Russia’s Sports Minister confirmed that the country intends to enforce its laws against visiting LGBT athletes, trainers and fans, meaning anyone even so much as waving a rainbow flag (and I presume many men enthusiastically watching and dramatically commenting on figure skating) would be arrested, held for weeks and then deported. Given this position, the IOC must do the right thing, protect its athletes and the fans, and move the 2014 Winter Olympics out of Russia.”
He went on to say that boycotting the games punishes innocent athletes that have worked for years to participate, and instead, urged his readers to sign a Change.org petition to move the winter games to Vancouver (where they were held in 2010, and because of that, could likely be set up there easier than in a brand-new country). READ FULL STORY