George Takei Aims His Photon Torpedoes at the TABC During Sunday Speech at the DMA
|George Takei, at the Trammell & Margaret Crow Asian Art Collection Sunday|
But a talk about intolerance and stereotypes then morphed into a lecture about intolerance and stereotypes now, as Star Trek's Mr. Sulu reminded the audience of his struggle not just as a former U.S. prisoner, but also as a "proud gay American" still behind "legalistic barbed wire." At which point he brought up the Rainbow Lounge raid three weeks ago, for which Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission Administrator Alan Steen apologized on Friday. That's the video after the jump.
He laughed, acknowledging the irony of uttering that stereotype mere moments after spending an hour addressing their power and prejudice.
"I'm sorry," he said. "But Texas has certain stereotypes. But disabuse me of that stereotype if it is a stereotype. ... We all have our prejudices, and when you see stories like that, we can't help but think of redneck Texans. In Houston, they had a big controversy that went on for more than a decade over Jap Road. The Japanese-American community was up in arms over that one."
And with that, the world's classiest Trek convention broke out, as Takei went to sign autographs and hand out "Live Long and Prospers." More photos follow, along with the footage i grabbed with my pocket cam.
|Takei spent plenty of time visiting with well-wishers during a post-talk reception at the Crow.|
|And, of course, what visit from a Star Trek cast member would be complete without one of these?|