Journalist apologizes to George Takei for revealing that he contributes Facebook items

Six days ago, journalist Rick Polito disclosed in an email to me that he’s been writing $10 jokes for George Takei’s Facebook page — a revelation that stunned (and disappointed) some Mr. Sulu fans.

George Takei

George Takei

“Was it naive of me to think that George Takei was actually writing all this stuff?” wrote one BuzzFeed commenter. “I feel duped and sad, and also silly.”

Wired got Takei to comment on Polito’s “shocker”: “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.”

Polito tells Romenesko readers today: “I wrote an apology to George and Brad 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.”

He adds: “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.”

Rick Polito

Rick Polito

Polito did unintentionally benefit from the brouhaha: “I got a couple hundred new Facebook fans after the BuzzFeed story and some of them are reacting enthusiastically to the book. It’s rated five stars in the Kindle store.”

Polito, who has been looking for fulltime writing work for a long time, adds: “The other update is that no job offers are flying into my inbox.” Have something for him? His email is rpolito@gmail.com.

* Author of quirky “Oz” summary is still looking for work (jimromenesko.com)
* Takei says that’s not always him on Facebook (wired.com)
* Meet one of the guys who writes for Takei’s Facebook (buzzfeed.com)


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