George Takei had a roller-coaster of emotions heading into the Sundance Film Festival, where a docmentary of his life, To Be Takei, is premiering. “We were absolutely delighted when we learned that To Be Takei had been accepted at Sundance that we were going to a marriage equality state,” he says, “and then things started happening.”
He, of course, was referring to the U.S. Supreme Court's stay on Utah’s legalization of same sex-marriages.
Once again, we are reminded of the oddity of the world's biggest independent film festival that brings in artists from the film capitals of the world--Hollywood is the least of it—being held in the reddest state in America. It's a clash of cultures: matter and anti-matter.
Imagine for a moment "Bones" debating human emotions with Spock.
In short, openly gay and married to husband Brad, Takei doesn't think much of Gov. Gary Herbert's frenzy to roll back same-sex marriage and to unhitch the 1,300 couples who were legally joined in matrimony during a brief window in December.
“He consciously and mean-spiritedly refused to recognize the marriages that already happened. I’m stunned by his stupidity. Apparently he believes in governing by hysteria — that’s the only way it can interpreted. This governor now is trying to put the toothpaste that’s been squeezed out back into the tube. It’s something that can’t be done.”
Takei says he and Brad had thought the timing of the doc would be "amazing."
“Important historically events were happening in the progress of equality for the LGBT community and so to have this chronicled would be a fantastic thing to have, and so we agreed to do it. And here we are premiering in a state that still reflects that struggle that we have.”
To Be Takei director Jennifer Kroot
The guv can catch Takei's story Sunday 12:30 p.m.at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, Salt Lake City—we're sure George will get Gary to the top of the wait list, in exchange for a personal tour of the Topaz the former Japanese-American internment camp near Delta. (Takei was interned as a child in a similar concentration camp in Arkansas.)