Fans of the sci-fi franchises "Star Wars" and "Star Trek" have often engaged in a bit of a rivalry throughout the years. Now George Takei is calling on them to make "Star" peace and unite to combat a common enemy: "Twilight."
The hit vampire romance franchise, whose films have made Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson international stars, has over the past few years garnered a fan base that arguably as large as those of "Star Trek" and "Star Wars," although it mostly attracts teenage girls. Even San Diego Comic-Con, a popular annual comic book and sci-fi/fantasy convention, now regularly features "Twilight" actors.
Takei, 74, played Hikaru Sulu in the original "Star Trek" series in the 1960s. In a new YouTube video, posted on the website of his the 2012 Broadway musical, "Allegiance," he addresses comments his co-star William Shatner and "Star Wars" actress Carrie Fisher have made against their rival franchise. He says both serials are "wonderful" in their own ways.
"What's needed today, now, more than ever is 'Star' peace, for there is now "an ominous, mutual threat to all science fiction," he says. "It's called 'Twilight' and it is really, really bad."
"Gone is any sense of heroism, camaraderie or epic battle," he adds. "In its place we have vampires that sparkle and mope and go to high school."
The newest "Twilight" movie, "Breaking Dawn - Part 1," sees main characters Bella, played by Stewart, and the vampire Edward, portrayed by Pattinson, marry and face the consequences of their union. The film has made more than $633 million worldwide since it was released on November 18.
"Now, I'm not above mixing a little sex appeal to spice up the fantasy," the openly gay actor adds in his video, as photos of "Twilight" actors posing shirtless pop up. "But sci-fi fans, be warned. There are no great stories, characters or profound life lessons to be had in 'Twilight.' No. In 'Twilight,' the only message that rings through loud and clear is, 'Does my boyfriend like me?' Let us band together to combat this mutual threat."
Takei is known for his sense of humor and parody videos and is a frequent guest and caller on the raunchy "Howard Stern Show" on Sirius XM radio. Last month, his pop culture target was Kim Kardashian and her family. He posted a parody photo of Kardashian and what appears to be her sisters Khloe and Kourtney as characters from the "Star Trek" franchise, titled "Keeping Up With The Cardassians."
"Now THIS I would watch!" he wrote.
The photo has long been featured on T-shirts. The Cardassians are aliens of a quasi-reptilian heritage and are known for their ridges and spoon-like mark on their foreheads.
Takei, who wed his longtime male partner in 2008 when California temporarily granted same-sex marriage licenses, had publicly poked fun at Kardashian's recent divorce filing, saying on his Twitter page that it was "another example of how same-sex marriage is destroying the sanctity of the very institution." The Kardashian sisters have not commented about Takei's remarks.