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February 20, 2007

"I love sweaty basketball players.": George Takei responds to Tim Hardaway's recent anti-gay comments.

posted by kirkaracha to basketball at 02:28 PM - 30 comments

I hope and pray this goes well. But just in case... *slams head on desk*

posted by jerseygirl at 02:39 PM on February 20

Opening Day, hurry your ass up.

posted by mjkredliner at 02:48 PM on February 20

But would you shower with George Takei?

posted by gradys_kitchen at 02:59 PM on February 20

I was wondering when this would show up here.

posted by lil_brown_bat at 03:01 PM on February 20

George Takei came into the winery I worked at one summer in high school. He was wicked cool. I suppose the younger guy with him may have been his boyfriend - and if that's the case - George could pull in some high quality tail. That was an attractive man. I think this is precisely the kind of reaction that Hardaway's comments deserve, though. It demands mockery.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 03:09 PM on February 20

You tell 'em Sulu.

posted by scottypup at 03:15 PM on February 20

I was going to post an article from yesterday's Sydney Morning Herald on the South Sydney Rabbitohs Rugby League Team and their outreach program to the local gay community. This is also the team that's part-owned by Russell Crowe and has banned cheerleaders, by the way. I held off because of the recent train wrecks where gay issues have been raised. I so want this thread to be different. Please.

posted by owlhouse at 03:35 PM on February 20

I choose to be optimistic about this thread. You know, since George came out, he seems to be enjoying life a hell of a lot more, but I gotta say, his ability to deliver lines convincingly has not exactly improved.

posted by chicobangs at 03:45 PM on February 20

I'm with Weedy. Takei was in town for a convention once several years ago, and stayed in the hotel where I worked as a Room Service Captain. As with most VIP guests, he had certain requests, preferences, etc. Unlike most VIP guests, he was one of the most cordial, polite, funny people you'll ever have the priviledge to meet. Tipped like money was going out of style, too. You go, George.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 04:09 PM on February 20

Another good response.

posted by yerfatma at 04:28 PM on February 20

That was funny, and made a good point about this whole thing, we need more humor, not bashing. It would be nice if we didn't judge people so much, but if that judging takes place, we need this type of counter judgement, HUMOR. I am not Gay, but OK with it, because it gives me more chances to find women. The more gay guys we have the less straight ones, for all those striaght and bi-women! It's a joke people....

posted by sap_basis at 04:49 PM on February 20

It's a joke people.... Thanks for pointing it out.

posted by qbert72 at 05:08 PM on February 20

Well he did have a point.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 05:28 PM on February 20

George Takei's voice is almost enough to make me want to go where this man has never gone before. Does this help the situation at all, though? I mean, yes, it's hilarious to you and I, the literate, semi-rational portion of the audience. But aren't homophobes going to say, "Lookit that fag! He's grabbin' his johnson and sayin' he wants ta fuck him! That's how they all act!" Is that helping?

posted by wfrazerjr at 05:35 PM on February 20

Captain's Log; stardate 2306. Note to self, get Sulu his own transporter beam from now on.

posted by irunfromclones at 05:41 PM on February 20

Hilarious and his laugh and demeanor are the same as when he flew the Enterprise. I wonder how long Tim will remain the laughing stock of the league.

posted by sickleguy at 06:31 PM on February 20

But aren't homophobes going to say, "Lookit that fag! He's grabbin' his johnson and sayin' he wants ta fuck him! That's how they all act!" As a former homophobe, I would say yes. My first experience around gay men was terrible. They were trying to grab me and coherce me. For a long time I did think that's how they all were. What helped me learn that they were not was a party I went to. Typical party, lots of beer and liquor, men and women. My friend told me the next day that half of the guys there were gay and I held conversations with a few of them. Before she told me, I had no idea any of them were gay. Hopefully, John Amaechi's former teammates learned the same lesson.

posted by MrFrisby at 06:48 PM on February 20

I wonder how Hiro feels about this. I think this is a wonderful way to deal with it. A little ridicule goes a long way.

posted by SummersEve at 06:52 PM on February 20

George is the man!!!!!!!! This is the perfect response to that assclown Hardaway. I hope a gang of gay street toughs meet Hardaway down a dark alley and give new meaning to the term "gay bashing".

posted by Drood at 06:58 PM on February 20

I wonder how Hiro feels about this. His sister is now the head of the company, so it doesn't matter much. Unless Ando finds out that she is gay too, and that would ruin the season.

posted by hawkguy at 07:21 PM on February 20

Drood, if what you're looking for is tolerance or respect for the homosexual lifestyle, one thing you may not want to do is become like what you think "homophobes" act like. In your desire to legitimize homosexuality, your bashing of others against it, makes you sound like some with whom you disagree. I do agree, it wasn't right what Hardaway said.

posted by bavarianmotorworker at 07:22 PM on February 20

I have no desire to legitimize homosexuality, because there is nothing to legitimize. What consenting adults do behind closed doors is none of my business. Even if it involves farm animals of some kind. As for myself, I'm happily married with two kids, but several friends of mine are gay. Basically what I'm saying is if you publically act like an asshole, like Hardaway did, he deserves whatever is coming to him. Rule of three baby... Two paragraphs to explain a throway gag... (come on, gay street toughs? I wish I could remember where I'd stolen that line from!) *sigh* Must aim lower next time...

posted by Drood at 09:47 PM on February 20

But farm animals can't consent.

posted by insomnyuk at 10:30 PM on February 20

Takei is hilarious. Love him on the Stern Shows. I hope Tim Hardaway was watching. I think I have it all figured out on the issue. Chris Webber is C-Webb. Tracy MacGrady is T-Mac. Maybe somebody is just sick and tired of being T-Hard all the damn time!

posted by urall cloolis at 11:33 PM on February 20

But farm animals can't consent Baby, if you're cool with this just keep your hooves in the boot and say "Baa."

posted by tahoemoj at 03:36 AM on February 21

"(come on, gay street toughs?) I wish I could remember where I'd stolen that line from!" Maybe Sienfeld's "Soup Nazi" episode, where Gay street toughs jacked Kramer for Elaine's armoire.

posted by bo_fan at 07:57 AM on February 21

Nice call, bo fan. I think that's right.

posted by hawkguy at 08:58 AM on February 21

Fatty, Thanks for the link to Mary Buckheit's excellent work.. I think she nailed it. There's no way you can have room for personal feelings, hatreds, biases, prejudices, etc., in any field of endeavor. Her response, as well as the wonderful job by George Takei, just about put Hardaway where he should be. That is, in the ranks of the terminally stupid. ...just sick and tired of being T-Hard all the damn time! Great line, urall. I wish I'd thought of it.

posted by Howard_T at 10:53 AM on February 21

Fatty, Thanks for the link to Mary Buckheit's excellent work.. I think she nailed it. I particularly liked the coachrant: "We're on this field right now OK. Right now we're all right here. Right here! We are all blessed to be out here OK. I don't care about your tests or your teachers out here. Right now I don't care about your problems or your periods. I don't care about your boyfriends OK … hell I don't care about your girlfriends... A bomb could go off behind this bench and damnit you better not turn around! Get your minds off everything else that's not on this field OK. Let it go and get your head in the game. This is all that matters right now OK…" OK.

posted by lil_brown_bat at 01:12 PM on February 21

Maybe Sienfeld's "Soup Nazi" episode, where Gay street toughs jacked Kramer for Elaine's armoire. That's absolutely right, bo_fan. That episode was when Elaine found the recipes to the 'Soup Nazi's" incredible tasting soups. NO SOUP FOR YOU!! NEXT!!

posted by BornIcon at 01:51 PM on February 21

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