On Sunday TrekMovie.com shared some exclusive preview pics of a Star Trek themed cake to be featured in an upcoming episode of the Food Network show “Ace of Cakes.” The article spawned many comments here and some sites and blogs picked up the story (as per usual). But then some other sites decided to focus on the comments and took one in particular way too seriously.
In the comments thread of that article, TrekMovie.com community member Sean wrote in all caps…
THIS IS A DISASTER I CAN’T BELIEVE THEY PUT SCOTTY IN THE NAVIGATOR’S POSITION I CAN’T BELIEVE THESE PEOPLE ARE SO CLUELESS ABOUT THE BASICS OF STAR TREK THIS IS A DISASTER
Some here took him seriously, but most assumed he was joking. Nitpicking is of course a Trekkie tradition and Sean was just playing along. However some other websites saw his comment and took it seriously, really seriously. That and other comments spawned a number of articles, here are some examples:
Humor…an alien concept to some
So to make it clear to those sites and to everyone else: IT WAS A JOKE.
In fact, Sean has blogged about how his joke spawned all this attention.
It is pretty common here at TrekMovie.com for comments threads to get heated, and some have grown up to a thousand comments. But this was an article about a cake….A CAKE! No one was really taking it that seriously (well there was one guy who seemed really concerned that the cake had too much fondant in it, but I guess he was being more of a ‘Bakkie’ and not a ‘Trekkie’). Nitpicking is part part of Trekkie tradition. There have been books written on it, but it is all part of the fun of Trek. No one was actually upset, or ‘up in arms’ and it is a bit disturbing that some other sites thought that. The supreme irony here is that all these sites mocked Sean and Trek fans for taking a cake too seriously, when it was they themselves who were taking his joke and the other comments too seriously. Perhaps it just shows that there is a way to go to educate the world that Trekkies are not the kinds of stereotypes that some people hold.
So in the future, as you make your comments here at TrekMovie.com, remember: the world is watching.