George Takei Shades William Shatner and Dean Cain

Sunday October 17, 2021

George Takei
George Takei   (Source:Associated Press)

While the world appeared transfixed by William Shatner's trip into space, out actor George Takei thought otherwise. Takei has a long-standing, acrimonious relationship with Shatner that began during their "Star Trek" days five decades ago.

"He's boldly going where other people have gone before," snarked Takei, 84, when Page Six asked him what he thought of Captain Kirk's brief trip Wednesday to the edge of space.

"He's a guinea pig, 90 years old and it's important to find out what happens," Takei said outside the opening of the Broadway play, "Thoughts of a Colored Man," on Wednesday night.

"So 90 years old is going to show a great deal more on the wear and tear on the human body, so he'll be a good specimen to study. Although he's not the fittest specimen of 90 years old, so he'll be a specimen that's unfit!"

William Shatner after his return from space
William Shatner after his return from space  (Source: Associated Press)

Upon his return to Earth, Shatner made rambling, emotional statements to the press about this short trip.

"The two "Star Trek" stars have famously bickered for years with Takei accusing Shatner of ignoring him on the set and even changing the script for 'Star Trek V' so Takei's character, Hikaru Sulu, would not receive command of a spaceship," writes Page Six of their feud.

Shatner responded claiming that "there's a psychosis there ... There must be something else inside George that is festering, and it makes him unhappy that he takes it out on me ... Why would he go out of his way to denigrate me? It's sad, I feel nothing but pity for him."
For his part, Shatner responded to Takei on Twitter: "On Friday, Shatner responded to Takei's comments on Twitter, writing, "Don't hate George," reports Today.

Dean Cain
Dean Cain  (Source: Associated Press)

Takei also took on conservative actor Dean Cain who belittled the announcement last week that DC Comics has revealed that Jon Kent, the Superman of Earth and son of Clark Kent and Lois Lane, is bisexual.

DC writer ""I've always said everyone needs heroes and everyone deserves to see themselves in their heroes and I'm very grateful DC and Warner Bros share this idea."

Adding, "Superman's symbol has always stood for hope, for truth and for justice. Today, that symbol represents something more. Today, more people can see themselves in the most powerful superhero in comics."

But Dean Cain, the actor who played the decidedly straight Clark Kent in the '90s television series "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman" opposite Teri Hatcher as Lois Lane, criticized the announcement, but not for the reasons you might think.

"They said it's a bold new direction. I say they're bandwagoning. I don't think it's bold or brave or some crazy new direction," he said. "If they had done this 20 years ago, perhaps that would be bold or brave. But brave would be having him fight for the rights of gay people in Iran where they'll throw you off a building for the offense of being gay."  

And while Cain said it would have been a bolder move twenty years ago, would he have been bold enough to play the role if conceived as bisexual?

To his credit, Cain played a gay character in Greg Berlanti's "Broken Hearts Club" in 2000, a role he took against the advice of his handlers. In a 2019 Entertainment Weekly story about the film, Cain said: "I had to fight with my agents. I had tremendous pushback. It was like, "Dean, I know you love this, but I don't think it's a good idea for you to play a gay character at this point in time." I was very clear. I read a beautiful, hysterical, witty, touching, romantic, fantastic movie, and I wanted to be a part of it."

At the time of the film's release, Cain told ABC News that he didn't care if he was hit on by gay men. "Not really," he says. "Because a gay man looks at me and says, 'You're like an arrow, you're so straight.' But I do have so many gay friends that I don't even think about it.".

And if people believe he was gay in real life, because that meant "I did my job if people are asking that question. That's beautiful."

While supportive of marriage equality, Cain was criticized in 2018 for appearing at the notoriously anti-gay Family Research Council Voters Value Summit in 2018. "FRC president Tony Perkins has been condemned by the Jewish Anti-Defamation League for repeatedly linking gay rights to the Holocaust and comparing gay people to Nazis, while last year's event promoted a book titled 'The Hazards of Homosexuality,'" reports Pink News.

While claiming he was only attending the event to promote a film, "GOSNELL," Cain said he hoped that he would be asked about his support for LGBTQ equal rights. "His film is about Kermit Gosnell, a former abortion provider who was convicted with murdering babies who had survived attempted late-term abortions," writes Pink News.

But at the event, he didn't address his support for LGBTQ causes, instead slammed activists when asked about push-back from LGBTQ media and on social media about his views.

"Certainly. I take that sort of heat and abuse every single day but it doesn't bother me in the doesn't make me mad, it just shows people's intolerance towards listening to another opinion. Just the fact that I'm here, just the fact that I'm here people were blowing me up all day long with the most ridiculous things that you could ever here. Talk about intolerance. It's ridiculous. I take heat. It doesn't bother me, I welcome it, because I sleep well at night. I know I'm doing something that matches my convictions and my heart and I'll happily defend the things that I say and I stand for."

But Takei wasn't buying Cain's rhetorical gymnastics.

After seeing Cain's comments, Takei quipped: "So Dean Cain apparently is upset that the new Superboy in the comics is bisexual. I used to be upset that Dean Cain was straight but he has definitely cured me of that."

On Twitter, opinions were split about Takei's comments about Cain: