George Takei may not be as funny as you think. It turns out that the Star Trek actor gets a little help with his Facebook account and isn’t always the one posting those witty messages.
Journalist Rick Polito said earlier this week in an email to Jim Romenesko that he was paid $10 per joke for Takei’s Facebook page.
Several celebrities use interns or hire outside people to manage their social media profiles so it shouldn’t be too surprising that Takei does the exact same thing. Star Trek fans were a little disappointed, however, because Takei has become one of the most beloved personalities on Facebook and Twitter.
Polito now feels bad about outing Takei and issued an apology for the mishap today.
Polito said: “I wrote an apology to George and Brad and their guy said he’d pass it on. I just said that I’d been looking for any mention of my book I could get and that I hadn’t meant to expose anything. I don’t update his page. I’ve had no direct contact with George. I’ve sent him some memes, as have other comedian types and I was happy for the exposure.”
George Takei has heard about the hoopla surrounding his account but he isn’t really clear about why people are angry. Takei admitted that he has other people helping him with his account but said that the important thing was that people are entertained by his post.
Takei told Wired: “What is this hoo-ha about my FB posts? I have Brad, my husband, to help me and interns to assist. What is important is the reliability of my posts being there to greet my fans with a smile or a giggle every morning. That’s how we keep on growing.”
Were you shocked to find out that George Takei doesn’t come up with all of his witty jokes by himself?