As a recovering Trekkie, I have long recognized the Prime Directive for hiring a Trekkie actor is the willing to sign a long term contract, for the run of the series, and do so cheaply. Save for the captain characters, former Trekkie actors virtually disappear from the screen after the run of the series.
Having said that, the fact the actor who play Mr. Sulu,one George Takei, has been such a frequent media interview is that Takai has become a reliable media sock puppet. Pull on George’s strings and he will bash conservatives. As some times a sock puppet gets out of control, from Hill :
Actor and gay rights advocate George Takei is slamming Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas after his dissent to last week’s decision legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide claimed that the government can neither give nor take away human dignity.
“He is a clown in blackface sitting on the Supreme Court. He gets me that angry,” the former “Star Trek” star said in an interview with Fox 10 this week in Phoenix, standing alongside his longtime partner and husband.
“For him to say slaves had dignity … I mean, doesn’t he know slaves were chained? That they were whipped on the back?” Takei asked.
Dissenting in the 5-4 Supreme Court same-sex marriage case, Thomas, an African-American, reflected on the origins of human dignity within society, invoking the belief that humans have God-given “inherent worth.”
I might argue that if Takei is correct that dignity is only a commodity delivered by government, and not a gift from God, that blacks have no dignity. Chief Justice Roger Tanney took it all away with Dred Scot.
[*] Ok, not literally true.