The battle between George Takei and William Shatner has been going on longer than that of the Hatfields and the McCoys.
George Takei and William Shatner have been trading barbs with one another for decades, and it shows no signs of slowing down even though Shatner recently expressed that he’d “run out of patience” with them [meaning his co-stars]. The Emmy winner went on to say that “George [Takei] has never stopped blackening my name,” and “I began to understand that they were doing it for publicity.” That understanding didn’t sit well with Takei, and in a recent interview with Mirror, he called Shatner’s supposition “nonsense.”
Of course, that was after he’d already called Shatner a prima donna and saying that the actor likes to be the center of attention. He then added that he didn’t need Shatner for publicity so he wasn’t going to play the star’s game by talking about him…which he already had.
George Takei says William Shatner was overshadowed by Leonard Nimoy.
Leonard Nimoy (Spock) had copious amounts of fans who just adored the pointy ears and Vulcan logic, but it’s fair to say that Shatner wasn’t hurting for fans of his own, and that continues to be the case.
Whether or not Takei is interested in the publicity he gets from continuing a feud that should have never started, we’ll never actually know. But one thing is true: the more the issue is discussed, the more publicity both actors receive as indicated by this writing.
As for why the battle continues to be a topic of conversation in entertainment and news sites like this one, well, when the actors speak, they open the door to more publicity. Let’s face it, we might be exasperated with the feud at this point, but we’re hoping that one day we’ll be able to report that it’s over, that someone finally crossed the line in the sand and stuck out a hand in friendship. We’re doubtful but still hopeful.