Awesome: George Takei

  • As a teenager he joined a group of mostly Mexican-American workers going out to harvest that year's strawberry crop. Since Takei spoke fluent Spanish, many people mistook him for "a suntanned, Spanish-speaking non-Japanese of some kind." Consequently, he overheard the Japanese-American paymasters in charge of the project talking about how they were planning to shortchange the Mexican laborers. He proceeded to bust out his fluent Japanese, told them off, and threatened to go to the authorities if they didn't pay the workers fairly. It worked, and the paymasters caved. To a teenager.
  • When Arkansas School Board member Clint McCance encouraged gay teens to kill themselves, Takei went on YouTube and said: "Mr. McCance, you are a douchebag." He then went on to predict that sooner or later McCance would be caught in a compromising position with a young man from South America.
  • Lending his name to the backlash against Tennessee's infamous "Don't Say Gay" Bill. Also a Crowning Moment of Funny. It's OK to be Takei, kids!
    • In 2014, the state senator who originally wrote the bill, lost in his primaries race.
  • His response to Tim Hardaway's homophobic rant. It's worth mentioning that Hardaway is no longer homophobic though George likely had nothing to do with that.
  • On the October 30, 2014 episode of The Colbert Report, George gave a stirring speech to Stephen Colbert and America about how important voting is, particularly during midterm elections, which frequently have low voter turnouts.
    George: Stephen, democracy is a sacred trust. Yes, it's a messy business, but the will of the people must not be abdicated to a machine. Only by engaging more deeply in the issues and voting your conscience can we hope to move beyond the eternal gridlock that threatens to destroy our society. No matter how bleak things may seem, you have the power to change them. Do your duty as an American, and as a citizen of the galaxy, vote.