An argument over which is better, Star Trek or Star Wars, led to a fight that landed an Oklahoma man in jail on assault charges, Gizmodo is reporting.
It’s a debate that’s been going on among sci-fi geeks since Star Wars became a thing in the late 70’s (Star Trek dates to a decade and a half earlier). Ninety-nine times out of 100, that disagreement is carried out through words, not fists or weapons, and at worst, ends in hurt feelings.
However, for Oklahoma City resident Jerome Whyte, 23, the answer to the question his friend gave was the wrong one. And for that, Whyte apparently thought his friend deserved to be choked half to death.
Authorities say Whyte and his friend were hanging out in an apartment when the topic over which franchise is better came up. Whyte’s friend apparently gave the wrong answer – unfortunately, it’s not clear, as of this writing, who was on which side. Not that it matters; the correct answer is that Star Wars is the best, so there will be no need for further arguments about it.
Regardless, when the unidentified friend gave the answer that Whyte didn’t like, the two began arguing. The friend, getting sick of it all, eventually tried to put the argument to an end with the crushing zinger, “You’re just a trick.” (Author’s Note: Sick burn, dude.) He then tried to retreat to the relative safety of a bedroom.
Unfortunately, Whyte wasn’t going to stand for being called a “trick.” He allegedly followed his friend to the bedroom and began physically assaulting him. At one point, he allegedly began choking him, and then the victim pulled out a knife. In a poetic act of justice coming from the Force itself, Whyte, attempting to grab the knife, cut himself.
Whyte was taken downtown and charged with assault and battery, possession of marijuana, and outstanding warrants, according to Fox News.
If Whyte winds up doing any time for this alleged crime, he’s definitely going to have an interesting story to tell his fellow inmates. If he’s asked, “What are you in for?” and he responds that he choked a guy for liking the wrong sci-fi franchise, he’s not likely to strike fear and intimidation into the hearts of his fellow prisoners.
Which is better, Star Wars or Star Trek? And is it worth fighting over anyway?
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