Wired reporter Ryan Tate has a solid recap of the Facebook mini-scandal involving George Takei. In case you missed it, many were shocked by Colorado-based author and gag writer Rick Polito‘s revelation to Jim Romenesko last Thursday that he is getting paid to provide Takei with humorous Facebook material.
The Star Trek alum has made previous reference to social media outsourcing on The Howard Stern Show and in his book Oh Myyy!: There Goes the Internet. But predictably, the Romenesko item sparked much larger media fallout. The good news for Takei is that – per the final paragraph of Tate’s Wired item – damage is likely to be extremely temporary:
Disillusioned fans, however many there are, seem likely to come around. One devoted follower, to whom the writer of this article happens to be married, reacted Thursday to news of a ghost-joker by saying, “I feel cheated!” Given the opportunity the following day to suggest a tough interview question for Takei, she added, “Just tell him he’s awesome.”
Ha ha. We laugh because yes, truly, it’s impossible to hold a grudge against a guy as cheerfully pro-active as Takei. Polito meanwhile has his own 99-cent Kindle book to promote these days; it’s called Dark Shift.
Update – 06/12/13: In a follow-up interview with Romenesko, Polito said he had apologized to Takei and husband Brad for dinging the duo’s sterling social media management reputation.