I Had A Hunch…

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SulugayThere was a particular Star Trek episode when the Enterprise crew was being terrorized by a disembodied "Jack The Ripper" — an alien who acquired power and strength by feeding on the fear that it generated in human beings (not unlike the Republican Party, actually). 

To fight the alien, Dr. McCoy gave shots to the Enterprise crew — shots that would place them in a state of euphoria, and not be scared.

One particular five-second scene in the episode ("Wolf In The Fold", I believe) showed Ensign Sulu (played by George Takei) getting his shot, while the voice of the scary alien echos through the ship.

"I don’t know who he is . . . [shot injection] . . . [big grin from Sulu] . . . . . but he sure sounds gloooomy", said Sulu.

Even as a naive kid, I couldn’t help but noticing that the "but he sures sounds gloomy" came off as a little . . . well . . . effeminate.

Well, I guess my gay-dar was working even back them.  Because George Takei has come out of the closet at the age of 68.  CNN has the story.

I don’t know why it is a story, to be honest.  I don’t really have a good explanation about why I blog about it.  It’s just one of those things that make you go "Huh".

So . . . here I go: "Huh".

Takei, by the way, had an interesting childhood.  He spent four years in an internment camp during World War II.  An American internment camp.  Even though he was four years old.  Even though he was an American.  In the CNN article, he notes how the experience made him ashamed of his ethnicity.  Which reminds me — have I said "fuck you" to Michelle Malkin today?