Jewish Journal

This Week in Shat: Gay marriage smackdown

by Adam Wills

October 31, 2008 | 5:43 pm

First The Shat slammed J.J. Abrams for not including him in the next “Star Trek” film, and now he’s released a video through his Shatner Project claiming he wasn’t invited to George Takei’s wedding (“Star Trek” castmates Nichelle Nicols was maid of honor and Walter Koenig was best man, and even Leonard Nimoy attended the ceremony.) In the video, the Captain says he “feels badly” for Takei because the “poor man” suffers from a “psychosis,” and mocks his co-star coming out so late in life.

Shatner says he doesn’t know Takei very well, but then pulls from various sources in an effort to prove his co-star has some kind of jealous actor’s vendetta against him for hogging the spotlight so many years ago. Why is The Shat getting so worked up if he barely knew the man? It’s not like he’s 12-year-old girl who didn’t get invited to a friend’s bat mitzvah. But he comes across that way—so jealous, so jilted…

“You’d think he’d have this epiphany and say, ‘God, I hope that…’—because he and I don’t have many years left in this world ‘—…I wish him well. I’m so happy that I wish him well.’ But instead, what he does is make this big deal about not inviting me to his wedding.

“If I was such a terrible force in his life, even 40 some odd years later – because I haven’t seen him – that I affect his marriage, where he has to isolate it and say…. What kind of sickness is going on the man?

“There must be something else inside George that’s festering and makes him so unhappy that he takes it out on me, in effect a total stranger.

“Why would he go out of his way to denigrate me? It’s sad that the man can’t find enough peace in his life, to either say … be positive and say, I forgive him for whatever those hurts were, or shut up about it. It’s sad. I feel nothing but pity for him.”

Calling it all “silliness,” Takei said this week that Shatner did get an invitation, but that he never responded.

Takei extended another invitation to The Shat this week: support the “No on 8” campaign.

No word yet on whether Shatner has sent in his RSVP.

When the LA Times Dish Rag caught up with Nimoy and The Shat at an L.A. Philharmonic event and asked about Prop 8 earlier this month, here’s how it went down…

Nimoy: “Absolutely NO on Prop 8 because I believe that gay people have every right to get married and share their lives. George and Brad have been together for many years. They have every right to be together in any way they choose. Prop 8 is completely unjust.”

Shatner: “That’s not about music. That has a dissident sound to it.”

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