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[#] Fri May 06 2022 15:38:31 EDT from LoanShark

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TOS was different, for sure. And it was a product of its times. It was too risky for Roddenberry to make Sulu (the character, not the actor) openly gay, for instance.

The biggest fault of TOS, in my opinion, is its treatment of women. Every time a woman walked on set (often a female ensign serving coffee) they play cheezy music that just screms "OMG a BEAUTIFUL WOMAN just WALKED ON SET!"

That business aged badly.

[#] Fri May 06 2022 15:56:48 EDT from LoanShark

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*screams

[#] Fri May 06 2022 19:44:40 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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TOS was different, for sure. And it was a product of its times. It was

too risky for Roddenberry to make Sulu (the character, not the actor)

openly gay, for instance.

Takei is intolerable not because he is gay, but because he is a MONUMENTAL ASSHOLE. I would pay good money to watch a Star Trek episode where Takei gets blown away by a Type 3 disruptor (or its equivalent) in real life.

TOS clearly had left leaning values (for example, it was pretty obvious that they had UBI) but they had a way of simply painting a possible future instead of overplaying it the way they all do now.

[#] Fri May 06 2022 19:53:22 EDT from Nurb432

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Right.  

Fri May 06 2022 07:44:40 PM EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

TOS clearly had left leaning values (for example, it was pretty obvious that they had UBI) but they had a way of simply painting a possible future instead of overplaying it the way they all do now.

 



[#] Sat May 07 2022 12:28:00 EDT from LoanShark

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Takei is intolerable not because he is gay, but because he is a
MONUMENTAL ASSHOLE. I would pay good money to watch a Star Trek
episode where Takei gets blown away by a Type 3 disruptor (or its
equivalent) in real life.

He's a celebrity on the left, so people take his word as gospel almost.

I had one disagreement which got me blocked by one of his sycophants on Twitter. A Takei meme was going around where he basically said that the unvaccinated should no longer "receive priority medical care."

So there are a lot of ethical problems with this. First of all, he misunderstands what "priority" means in this context; even during a Covid surge, Covid patients DO NOT receive "priority" medical care. Triage doesn't work that way; everyone is prioritized based on criteria like what kind of care they NEED and what are their chances of survival. It's not like we're just saying "covid patients get priority."

More generally, ethically -- we don't, can't, and shouldn't open the door to denying care to people based on their poor preventive choices, and we especially don't deny medical care to people who have political beliefs we disagree with.

So as I see it, there are times when the far left / far right need to restrain themselves from their worst impulses. And this was Takei's worst impulse.

Anyway, I had this mutual follower on Twitter who was just kind of a left-wing meme factory. She RT'd that meme, and I simply responded with "luckily, George Takei is in no place to define our medical ethics.
"

I caught an instance block for that, from someone who had been "a mutual" for a year or more. Which tells me that this sycophant wasn't really interested in following *me* in the first place; she was a meme-retweeter looking for retweets. Insincere.

[#] Sun May 15 2022 13:20:28 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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restrain themselves from their worst impulses. And this was Takei's
worst impulse.

Takei's worst impulse is assuming that anything in his entire life has merit other than him having played Hikaru Sulu.

This is of course the classic Hollywood problem; most of them use their fame to push social issues about which they are absolutely clueless.

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