George Takei honored at GLAAD Awards
These days, pop culture is George Takei’s friend. But it wasn’t always that way, the Star Trek alum and social media maven said during his acceptance speech at the GLAAD Awards on Saturday.
The actor was given the Vito Russo Award, an honor for an openly LGBT “media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality,” the Huffington Post reports. Takei took his moment to remind the audience that Hollywood hasn’t always been kind to gay people.
“All I saw of gays and lesbians in movies and television or heard on radio were caricatures of people who were mocked and laughed at, or pitied, or hated. The media stripped us of all humanity and made us into pathetic stereotypes. The media then was a soul-crushing monster.”
Oh, my. Now, though, he says the media is “a powerful force for change.”
Other GLAAD Award winners included Orange Is the New Black (outstanding comedy series, and no, Tom Cruise was not there with Laura Prepon), Philomena (outstanding wide-release film), the Oprah’s Next Chapter episode about Jason Collins (outstanding talk-show episode) and the New Yorker’s overall coverage of LGBT issues.