I have a facebook account, like many people do these days. Most of the people I follow are personal friends, people who play the same games I play, and a hand full of celebrities (mostly authors).
One celebrity I follow is George Takei, Sulu from the original Star Trek series and films. He’s funny. He’s usually inclusive. He’s usually against bullying. He’s usually against discrimination.
So you can imagine my disappointment today when I saw a picture he’d posted that involved fat bullying and ridicule. The picture was a mock facebook status, where Santa’s Reindeer were talking about how hard it was to pull a “700 pound” person, and making fun of how fat Santa is. The responses (the ones I saw anyway, I didn’t look at all 165 of them) were the typical “he’s so fat” variety.
Seriously? Seriously, Mr. Takei? You who are usually so against bullying didn’t recognize this for what it is? You who are an activist for the GLBT community can allow a picture like this to be on your wall, even for a minute? You can allow fat hate and fat bashing to be on your wall? Even for a minute?
I am disappointed.
So far as I’ve seen, I’m the only person who has called him out on the picture spreading fat hate and fat discrimination. While I don’t usually call to action, I think Mr. Takei needs to learn that what he posted is actually counter to what his life seems to be about; activism to breaking down bullying and discrimination, where ever they raise their ugly heads. If you have a minute, and have a facebook account, and feel you can help to constructively educate Mr. Takei, please do so.