Sept. 6, 2016

How to Be as Cool as George Takei

While George Takei's claim to fame is his portrayal of Hikaru Sulu on the original Star Trek series, he's so much more than that.

At 79 years old, he's still a pop culture icon, now with a massive social media following. So we set out to figure out: how could we be as cool as George Takei?

#1 - Stay relevant.

Do you like George Takei on Facebook? No? Well, you might be the only one–he has close to 10 million likes.

There's nothing we love more than seeing Takei's posts show up on our feed. He somehow gets his hands on the funniest, most on-point, and culturally relevant memes, comics, and articles. 

Screenshot taken of George Takei's Facebook page

Screenshot taken of George Takei's Facebook page

Screenshot taken of George Takei's Facebook page

He also continues to act regularly; his IMDB filmography list is a whopping 212 credits. In the past decade, his appearances have included everything from popular television (Heroes, The Big Bang Theory) to cult favourites (Community, Adventure Time). 

Takei doesn't just understand the zeitgeist, he's part of it. 

#2 - Stand up for what you believe in. 

George Takei recognizes that he has a platform, and he uses it to speak out about the issues he believes in.

He's never afraid to lend his iconic deep voice to a cause. When a bill in Tennessee threatened to prohibit schools from openly discussing homosexuality, Takei created a campaign to encourage Tennesseans to simply replace "gay" with "Takei."

He continues to speak out on issues affecting the LGBTQ community, including participating in National Coming Out Day.

#3 - Don't take yourself too seriously.

What comes to mind when you think of George Takei? For many, it's his infamous, drawling "Oh Myyy!"

Funnily enough, coining this catchphrase was completely accidental, as he explains in the video below. "Oh My!" was just a normal part of his every day speech until Howard Stern recorded it during an interview and began replaying it during scandalous moments on the show. 

Never one to take himself too seriously, Takei quickly got in on the joke. He shamelessly uses this catchphrase in guest appearances and interviews, and even named his publishing company "Oh Myyy!  Limited Liability Company." 

#4 - Watch and learn.

The easiest way to be as cool as George Takei? See him in person to find out. There are still tickets available for Takei's keynote event at Jasper Dark Sky Festival on October 21st. 

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