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TrekMovie.com Comments Being Taken A Bit Too Seriously

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:

io9.com: Star Trek Cake Upsets Nerds
LA Times: Star Trek cake sours on some Trekkies
FoodNetworkAddict.com: Nerd Alert: An Ace of Cakes Star Trek Slip Up
GrinningSkull.com: Nerds Up In Arms!

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.

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May 27, 2008 10:11 pm

geeze, did everyone just decide it was a slow news day and to pick on Trekkers? The press/blogosphere needs to just chill out.

Denise de Arman
May 27, 2008 10:16 pm

Oh man. It is difficult to believe that a casual joke on Trekmovie would cause such a stupid stir. Non-trekkers need to get a life.

SirMartman
May 27, 2008 10:20 pm

RED ALERT !

SHEILDS UP,,

Captain, sensors show a complete lack of humor our in this area of cyberspace.

Its amazing ,,,,,its humor Captain,but not as we know it.

SirMartman
May 27, 2008 10:21 pm

RED ALERT !

SHEILDS UP,,

Captain, sensors show a complete lack of humor in this area of cyberspace.

Its amazing ,,,,,its humor Captain,but not as we know it.

Spoctor McKirk
May 27, 2008 10:22 pm

It’s a disaster! These so-called news sites wouldn’t know a ‘tongue-in-cheek’ remark if bit them on the a** (cheek).

Katie G.
May 27, 2008 10:23 pm

Well, I guess everyone now realizes that we need those annoying, putrid little smiley-face things so no one can mistake a tongue-in-cheek dead-pan sarcastic joke for a serious nerd Trekkie geek melt-down.

Do we need to put a disclaimer on every post? Maybe we should, like after saying:

“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”

put something like [kidding…].

Well, they had narration in Blade Runner to more completely explain things didn’t they? (Yeah, then they made a version without it for the purists.)

And yeah, Matt, I guess it was a slow news day. Wow. This is hilarious. Look what Harry missed!!

kg

Sisko's Shrimp Gumbo
May 27, 2008 10:31 pm

Trying…hard…not…to read…the “details on Star Trek XI ships” article

Gary Seven of Nine
May 27, 2008 10:45 pm

#6

“Well, they had narration in Blade Runner to more completely explain things didn’t they? (Yeah, then they made a version without it for the purists.)”

Let’s hope no one makes a Blade Runner cake. Man, the fondant would really hit the fan!

BTW – did anyone check any confectioners or bakers forums? I wonder if the “cakkies” over there got caught-up in the hullabaloo like we did.

Holy cow, what a difference a smiley makes! This is one of the best laughs I’ve had in a while. I’ll look at it again when I’m out of wine.

May 27, 2008 11:00 pm

Ha ha ha… nice.

SirMartman
May 27, 2008 11:11 pm

I agree with Anthony Pascale Re # 8

I have no-idea whats going on in the spoiler articles because I refuse to read them.

theres no point in seeing the next Trek if you know whats going to happen, and besides,,,its going to be great fun sitting there and saying,,,WOW

A true Trek fan will stay away from Spoilers !!!

May 27, 2008 11:19 pm

I heard that the cake is based on leaked footage of the new movie, and that Scotty will actually be the helmsman in the new film.

The cake knows all.

In a related note, using scientific methods and a divining rod, I have determined the true plot of the new film, and I will gladly sell my exclusive to any media outlet after negotiating my fee up front.

Any takers?

Rob+

May 27, 2008 11:24 pm

I did my best to breake some clichés last month in a late night TV interview that you can see here:

http://www.paramountcomedy.es/pc.es/especiales/lastnst/video4.html

It is in Spanish.

My fellow spanish fans say I made them look good (although, I must recognize it, I used you crazy americans to make my point.)

;P

Chris M
May 27, 2008 11:37 pm

It’s pretty funny that an innocent joke on the comments page caused such a stir!

#7 and #11 I admire your will power in not reading the spoiler articles. Unfortunately I just can’t resist. I respect your choice and agree no comments should be made about spoliers outside those articles!

James Heaney - Wowbagger
May 27, 2008 11:47 pm

#8: This is why we who hide from spoilers love you. Thanks, Tony.

This article only reinforces my long-held belief that the cake is a lie.

cayce pollard
May 27, 2008 11:57 pm

we’re nerds?

Darth Ballz
May 27, 2008 11:57 pm

Well when people make comments like that it is for the most part “Not a joke” Including such crap as follows:

Shatner in the new move, the spark plugs just won’t let it go.
Stupid new universe/3rd dimension/Mirror/Uranis or WTF ever to explain a “diffrent timelene” for the new movie.
Retarded “cannon” comments.

Just some example’s of why people make fun of Trek fans, they think that they should “Get a life” and some of us should!

Darth “There’s not 79 levels on the Enterprise (NCC-1701-A) like in Star Trek: V” The final Frountier (1989)”Ballz

P.S. This was a joke!

8 of 12
May 28, 2008 12:09 am

Haha I love Trekkies and I am damned proud to be one. Cheers mates!

May 28, 2008 12:13 am

Well, they overreact to our comments because most of the times we really take Star Trek too seriously. Come on, you know it’s true :-)

Captain Robert April
May 28, 2008 12:23 am

I guess I’ll have to say it.

Hey, non-fan types!

GET A LIFE!

:D

May 28, 2008 12:54 am

re: “So in the future, as you make your comments here at TrekMovie.com, remember: the world is watching.”

Can they really see me with my hand in my boxer briefs?

Cool.

=h=

BrandonR
May 28, 2008 1:15 am

THIS IS A DISASTER I CAN’T BELIEVE THEY PUT TREKMOVIE.COM INTO THIS POSITION I CAN’T BELIEVE THESE PEOPLE ARE SO CLUELESS ABOUT THE BASICS OF FANDOM THIS IS A DISASTER

Ali
May 28, 2008 1:38 am

Am I nerd? Do I not bleed?

Dom
May 28, 2008 1:53 am

It’s what I’ve said along! People love to mock science fiction fans, so you have to be careful about what you say. I’m well known for my dislike of the nerd element of Trek fans: the sort of people who turn up in TNG uniforms to watch Patrick Stewart in Macbeth. Sadly, the dweebs get all the publicity and ruin it for the rest of us.

On the other hand, the articles linked here are just plain bitchy, so I guess this time any comment would have been used to create a fuss. My question is: what’s the writer’s childhood trauma with regard to Star Trek that makes them want to be so mean to Star Trek fans?

May 28, 2008 2:25 am

How would one go about EATING that cake tho?

May 28, 2008 2:41 am

25

I certainly wouldn’t be able to do so. Imagine biting Uhura’s head off.

Nope. No eating it.

Sean
May 28, 2008 3:06 am

The thing that bugged me about the cake is that if the guy could re-create the Enterprise bridge with so much detail, why couldn’t he get stuff like the crew right?

I don’t care how much people call me a nerd for nitpicking the cake. Star Trek is the one thing where I 100% geek out. (I’m a different Sean, btw, post #12 on the cake article, but I still agreed with the cake critique)

Christopher Seeley
May 28, 2008 4:29 am

I think the cake was cool. Scotty was at the helm in Where No Man Has Gone Before. Scotty is cross trained. Lighten up!

Craig
May 28, 2008 4:50 am

Wow, im surprised everyone isnt getting all worked up over how every article title called us Nerds. WHat the hay? I dont think we are nerds just b/c we like to watch fantasy and not reality tv and movies. Star Trek isnt for the weak minded like most shows and movies these days.

doubleofive
May 28, 2008 5:19 am

You should have seen what Fark was saying commenting on one of the articles. It was hilarious.

John Gill
May 28, 2008 5:32 am

Well, I guess I will drag my Nerd butt to my Nerd-Mobile and go out and buy a Nerd Cake of my own!

star trackie
May 28, 2008 5:37 am

The sad thing is, you won’t see those same sites do a blog on how they can’t recognize humor and how they seem to all selectively seek out the comments that would validate their desire to use “Nerd” in their headline.

…by the way, has the figure at the helm ever been possitively identified as Scotty? Perhaps it’s Mr. Leslie wearing his hair differently?

The Underpants Monster
May 28, 2008 5:39 am

Well, the word “nerd” has kind of lost its sting, hasn’t it? I know I don’t mind being called one.

May 28, 2008 5:42 am

Well, I took it seriously, and have begun a petition to get the cakemakers to correct the mistake. Star Trek is too important to let such things go.

That was a joke, by the way.

May 28, 2008 5:56 am

This is so utterly bizzare, guys.

Rob
May 28, 2008 5:59 am

C’mon, we’ve only got two undeclared wars going, a financial collapse, a devaluing dollar, and a growing police state going on. The media should only have to worry about what people reading a Star Trek site are talking about.

AlaxLou
May 28, 2008 6:06 am

Guess even ST fans can’t have their cake and eat it too….

….the adventure continues…

Craig
May 28, 2008 6:14 am

THIS IS A DISASTER NERDS!
UHURA IS OVER THERE, ALL UP IN SCOTTY’S BUSINESS.
SCOTTY IS ALL UP IN CHEKHOV’S BUSINESS.
SPOCK IS ALL OVER THE PLACE.
YOU ALL EVERYBODY NERDS!
2 CRAIGS

capt mike
May 28, 2008 6:19 am

Ok so the cake has hit the warp coil.Wow i madea joke. But watch out here comes the cake we can eat it in 6 minutes. Ok im not makeing any sense but it is more sense then getting all caked out over the cake. As the shat said on sat night live. Get a life. But lets change that to the non trekkies for them to get a life. Hell im a huge trek fan and i have read pretty much evey star trek novel and own all the dvds.(not the remasterd yet as im waiting for for the bluray) and i am not a nerd but just a blue collar redneck who likes to GIT R DONE! But realy how can they have scotty in the wrong chair. lol.

May 28, 2008 6:22 am

I really hope that my longtime contribution to this blog (and Trek fandom in general) is the repeated use of “THIS IS A DISASTER.” I’d be really happy with that.

May 28, 2008 6:28 am

Boycott the LA Times!!!

Well, that’s one of the working principles of the internet we have to put up with. Someone who has no idea of a topic (maybe except for preconceptions) picks up a random bit and comments on it. Someone else picks up the comment and effortlessly re-publishes it, caring even less about its authenticity.

I know too well how many people out there loathe nerds and take every opportunity to misunderstand us and ridicule us (perhaps for not caring about serious stuff like wrestling and pimped cars?).

And since someone mentioned Fark: While the people over there at least have a grasp of humor, they customarily engage in nerd bashing, not caring at all about the nerdy stuff that has been posted in the first place. Just try to find one comment page about a Trek topic without the words “mother’s basement” and “get laid”.

May 28, 2008 6:30 am

Hey, I like pimped cars. And cakes. And shuttlecraft.

May 28, 2008 6:49 am

It’s sad that the media is focused on this when our brave astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the International Space Station can’t pee for lack of a plumber. Oh, and I’d eat Uhura any day… :-)

May 28, 2008 6:53 am

Can someone please contact Simon Pegg’s agent and determine if he’s really going to be the new bridge navigator? Orci, can you clear this up?!?!

Tango
May 28, 2008 6:53 am

THIS IS A DiSASTER!
THEY CALLED US TREKIES AND NERDS.
WE ARE CALLED TREKKERS!

OK. I know. These “THIS IS A DISASTER” jokes are going to get tired soon, but I just couldn’t resist. Also, I hate typing in upper case–even in jest–but I did it anyway because I’m a rebel. I even have a leather jacket to prove it.

Holger
May 28, 2008 7:06 am

Here’s the solution: Bake a second cake, this time a really big cake, with a main bridge AND a main engineering room with Scotty in it!

Uncle Happy Time
May 28, 2008 7:21 am

Shows a great deal of bias. Also shows that those morons, as smart as they think they are, still don’t know the difference between a nerd and a geek.

FREAKAZOID
May 28, 2008 7:25 am

[sarcasm]
Someone with a website called “foodnetworkaddict” is calling US nerds? *LMAO*
[/sarcasm]

US Taxpayer Dude
May 28, 2008 7:40 am

I thnk all you nerds need to get out of your mama’s basement and get laid. Chill out at your midtown apartment. Drink a nice single malt scotch and relax to Stan Getz and Antonio Carlos Jobim. Enjoy a fine Montecristo Media Noche while whispering sweet nothings in each others’ ears.

Not to sound like the sophisticated man-about-town nerd, mind you ;-)

Holger
May 28, 2008 7:40 am

#48: How true!!

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