“Out of context, I agree that the joke was distasteful, and I’m very sorry he and I made fun out of a serious matter,” ~George Takei
Good for you, George. The way to end a mini-controversy is to get out in front of it and show smoke doesn’t always fire.
As the NYDailyNews is reporting this morning, “Takei, 80, appeared on “The Howard Stern Show” in October and was asked if he had ever grabbed anyone, and after a long pause, he did say he had grabbed men consensually, but not in a work or a power setting.
“Many have raised concern over a back-and-forth between Howard Stern and myself, where we joked about me touching men during my Star Trek days fifty years ago. Out of context, I agree that the joke was distasteful, and I’m very sorry he and I made fun out of a serious matter,” he wrote on Facebook Monday night.”
Most of time, smoke does me fire. I think think of no better time for an exception to that.
Live long and prosper, George.
[ORIGINAL POST – November 13]
“[Howard] rephrases the question and asks Takei if he had ever sexually assaulted another man. Takei responds to the question by weirdly saying “Hey, boner.”
As we covered at the time, the Howard Stern Show kicked off their month-long “Cocktober” celebration with the Falcon Studios Group star JJ Knight. Fellow exclusives Johnny V, Austin Wolfe were next, and finally Skyy Knox, Gabriel Cross, Rikk York, and Fernando del Rio.
Along with Johnny V and Austin Wolfe, George Takei was a featured guest on the Oct. 16, 2017. It’s not what he did, but what he said, that is now adding another layer to the recent accusations against Takei by former model Scott R. Brunton who said Takei 36 years ago had groped him without his consent in the actor’s home. But should it?
As HuffPo reported, “those that know me understand that non-consensual acts are so antithetical to my values and my practices, the very idea that someone would accuse me of this is quite personally painful,” Takei wrote in response to the accusations.
Adds Unicorn Booty, “Takei denies any of this ‘groping’ was work-related or done from a position of power.
Stern asks of Takei, “All your years involved with cock, you never hassled anybody or grabbed their cock”? Co-host Robin Quivers jumps in with a Trump reference and reiterates the question. “You never grabbed anybody by the cock?” To which Stern asks again, “Yeah, did you ever grab anybody by the cock against their will?”
Their questions are met with a very awkward radio silence from Takei before both hosts let out a long “Uh oh!”
[Listen to the “Uh oh!” Moment]
Takei then says these men “would come to [his] home,” to which Stern replies, “So what you mean is that there would be some guy there, hesitating to have sex with you, and then you gave him a gentle squeeze on the balls or something?”
Takei responds, “More than a gentle.”
George has been a very effective champion of LGBTQ rights but that doesn’t give him a pass on the fact no one has the right to put their hands on another person in a predatory way period. However, he’s not Kevin Spacey. Or Harvey Weinstein. Or Judge Roy Moore.
Frankly, there may be some smoke here, but to me, no fire.
[Listen to the entire George Takei/Johnny V/Austin Wolf “Cocktober” segment]
Are people reading more into this than what’s really here? Or, are people just now connecting the dots that were there all along? Personally, I think it’s the former and not the latter. Watch this blog.
“A representative for Takei did not immediately return HuffPost’s request for comment.”
Watch this blog.