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George Takei’s Facebook ghostwriter comes forward: ‘I’m sorry’

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 02: Actor George Takei speaks during DirecTV TO BE TAKEI Media Reception at The General NYC on July 2, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for DirecTV)
Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for DirecTV

George Takei has one of the most talked about Facebook feeds on social media. Fans flock to his site for bits of compassion and humor. These characteristics have helped him reincarnate himself as a modern day Internet star. One need not be a “Star Trek” fan to appreciate the wit that comes with his Facebook posting.

Takei, best known for his portrayal of Hikaru Sulu on “Star Trek” from 1966-1969; then again in 1973 to 1974; not to mention the franchise of movies. George has more than forty films and hundreds of television guest-starring roles in his portfolio.

Despite his accomplishments in life many Facebook fans were upset last week when they learned their online hero was not the person behind the clever posts.

So how did that secret get out? According to Mashable, there was an email that journalist Rick Polito sent to Jim Romenesko’s media-watch blog. In his email Polito mentioned that he gets paid $10 per piece of content produced for Takei’s Facebook account. He brags that some of those posts get “10 likes per second for hours.”

Rick Polito has since apologized to George Takei for letting the cat out of the bag. Takei was not fazed by the media response.

George penned an email to Wired asking “What is this hoo-ha about my FB posts? I have Brad, my husband, to help me and interns to assist. What is important is the reliability of my posts being there to greet my fans with a smile or a giggle every morning. That’s how we keep on growing.”

Having a Facebook administrator is nothing new, but Takei assures fans that even know Polito helps by supplying meme’s, George is the one writing the cracks at the photos.

“The comments are mine,” Takei says. “They are authentically mine, I assure you.”

How do you feel about George Takei getting outside help on his Facebook page?

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