Freelancer writer apologizes for revealing (gasp!) George Takei pays him for Facebook jokes
Scads of people not smart enough to realize how celebrity social media accounts work were shocked to learn over the last week that George Takei doesn't write all his own posts after a freelance writer revealed he was paid to write jokes for the erstwhile Mr. Sulu. That's apparently the one thing about the Internet that has ruined people's lives.
Rick Polito apologized for telling media blogger Jim Romenesko that Takei's people paid him $10 a joke for Takei's popular Facebook page, clarifying to Romenesko, “I wrote an apology to George and (Takei's husband) Brad (Altman) and their guy said he’d pass it on. I just said that I’d been looking for any mention of my book I could get and that I hadn’t meant to expose anything. I don’t update his page. I’ve had no direct contact with George. I’ve sent him some memes, as have other comedian types and I was happy for the exposure.”
Takei had taken the whole incident in apparent stride, telling Wired, “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.”
Meh, 90 percent of the stuff on Facebook is stolen, anyway. Besides, when celebrities actually write their own posts, you end up with feeds showing Rihanna getting back together with Chris Brown. And really, who wants that?