William Shatner’s war with George Takei is not ending anytime soon.
It’s a wild thing to see two men in their 80s and 90s behaving like children but that’s exactly what George Takei and William Shatner are doing. The two men have been feuding for decades over the most trivial of things, and it’s not going to end anytime soon.
Not even with the realization that there are just a handful of original actors still alive from the original Star Trek series. Most of the non-main cast actors have passed away and only three of the main cast stars remain.
Takei, Shatner and Walter Koenig. Koenig is kinda just doing his own thing. Doing conventions, fans projects, the works. Yet, Takei and Shatner are as known for their hatred of one another as they are anything post-Star Trek.
You’d think with the passing of Nichelle Nichols earlier this year, that the two men would put their pettiness aside. But nope. You thought, just for a second, that Shatner in his recent interview with USA Today, would try to bury the hatchet with what was shaping up to be a diplomatic response to the question.
But Shatner then just picked up the hatcher and buried it further into Takei’s back.
"USA Today: Nichelle Nichols, who died in July, broke the news to you that “Star Trek” cast members found you difficult during and past the TV show’s famed run. You had no idea?Shatner: Total shock.USA Today: Still shocked, with all the years to reflect and writing in this book?Shatner: I have no idea what they’re talking about, which may mean they’re prejudiced or I’m so inured to people’s reactions that I’m living in my own little world. And I don’t know which it is. I strive every day to find out. It’s so bizarre that I’ve ceased to talk or think about it. Because I think they are the problem, not me. It’s a really good attitude to have in life. Isn’t it?USA Today: There’s time to extend an olive branch to George Takei, who called you a “guinea pig” after your Blue Origin flight. Might you?Shatner: Why would George Takei put that in public? After I came down from space – had this experience, talked about global warming – he would say, “Oh, they probably used him because he was the oldest guy that would go up.” He was so mean-spirited. Again, there is no reason. And I don’t give a cup of tea what his opinion is. But that’s a guy who’s not well."
William Shatner and George Takei are too old to be this pissy
Takei has taken shots at Shatner. Shatner has taken shots at Takei. Why? Who knows. I like Shatner, I like him a lot. I don’t see a need for either man to be taking pot-shots at each other but yet they are.
if Shatner had just stopped with his thoughts on his opinion, he would’ve had a very diplomatic answer to the question. Yet, he had to then question Takei’s mental acuity. Which is just a d-bag move.
It’s a damn shame that neither man can find some common ground. They’re not going to be around much longer and it’d be nice to see the remaining three stars of Star Trek do one convention together, with a select few other surviving guest stars.
It’s unlikely though, because even though both men have issues with one another, what they can’t seem to see is that they are so much more alike than they’re willing to admit. It’s like watching “Let That Be Your Last Battlefield” in real life.
Two men, who represent two-thirds of the surviving cast of the original Trek, are going to hate each other until the day they die and they can’t even begin to tell you why. How truly pathetic.