Video of the Day: George Takei Reads From ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

George Takei, Star Trek’s original Sulu, is featured in a new video which is going viral this week with over 1/4 views in just over a day. The video has George reading excerpts from the best-selling erotic novel "Fifty Shades of Grey." Check it out below but beware it is probably NSFW. Also warning there are many "Oh My!"s ahead.


Fifty Shades of Takei

Here is George Takei’s latest viral video, reading excerpts from E L James best-selling erotic novel "Fifty Shades of Grey."

WARNING: Adult Content

Of course George’s new video ends with a pitch for his brand new memoir "Oh Myyy," about "Life, The Internet and Everything" Which is available at Amazon. You can read an excerpt at


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December 20, 2012 2:38 pm

Oh My!

December 20, 2012 2:39 pm

Fifty Shades of Takei. Ha, ha, ha. By the way AJ posted this on Chat. Takei was just in a funny skit on Conan’s show. Takei is such a good sport. God bless him.

December 20, 2012 2:41 pm

Takei got into this because Gilbert Godfried read part of that book on YouTube…and to complete the circle, here it is: (NSFW!!!!)

December 20, 2012 2:58 pm

Takei’s face when reading that final word was awesome. He looked so disappointed.

I’m also finally sure how to pronounce his name.

Harry Ballz
December 20, 2012 3:00 pm

Wouldn’t he have to get the author’s permission to do this?

After all, it’s her intellectual property (such as it is), not his.

December 20, 2012 3:12 pm

@5 He doesn’t read the whole book, just really short excerpts. I guess that falls under fair use or whatever it’s called.

December 20, 2012 3:47 pm

@ 5 6

Diginon is correct. Fair use also allows for parody. That being said, the author might have legal action for copyright infringement. Takei would raise “fair use” and its use in parody. I doubt she would. After all it’s more publicity for the book.

December 20, 2012 4:23 pm

Oh my. My my my my.

December 20, 2012 4:49 pm

Nice guy doing great things for minorities and stuff. Live long and prosper, George!

Allen Williams
December 20, 2012 5:02 pm

Does anyone know where “oh my” came from? I’ve seen him doing it as far back as futurama’s “Where no fan has gone before” episode. I have to imagine he did something and said it and it made everyone laugh and now its his catch phrase or something.

Your Father's Star Trek
December 20, 2012 5:04 pm

I laughed out loud!

December 20, 2012 5:08 pm

The Shat should do readings of it and see which video gets more views!

December 20, 2012 5:32 pm

For a guy who supposedly hates Shat so much, he sure is wiling to pretty much copy all oft the Shat’s routines to try to keep himself relevant in the eyes of the public. He’s not fooling me though.

December 20, 2012 5:36 pm

@11 He did it a few times on the show, and in Star Trek VI

I just ate, so maybe later.

December 20, 2012 5:43 pm

Favorite surviving Trek actor! Too bad his book is only available for Kindle and Nook, as I have neither. So I’d need a…erm…hard copy. No pun intended. No really.

Spuhura Addict
December 20, 2012 6:34 pm

Oh My! It’s even better coming from HIM.

Red Dead Ryan
December 20, 2012 7:30 pm


Who would even want to read “Fifty Shades Of Grey” anyway? More like “Filthy Shades of Grey”. WHAT CRAP!!!

And I agree with MJ. George Takei is copying Shatner’s schtick, and doing it poorly.

Takei’s reading of the excerpt made me cringe because he’s trying hard.

William Shatner, on the other hand, has more natural comedic talent and would have left me in stitches. :-)

Sebastian S.
December 20, 2012 7:31 pm

Oh my, that was hilarious! Thanks for the laughs, George… ;-)

Marvin the Martian
December 20, 2012 11:41 pm

I don’t think you have to choose sides just to prove how cool you are. I appreciate comedy, no matter where it comes from, as long as it makes me laugh. And this made me laugh. :-)

December 20, 2012 11:47 pm


Give the guy a break, he and his family were imprisoned in this country simply because they were Japanese Americans.

I think he’s earned the right to ‘copy’ Shatner in order to stay revelant and make money, the American way.

Jim Nightshade
December 21, 2012 12:28 am

Ever think maybe ju st maybe George is spoofing shatner’ s past reading sessions? George is very smart us know…..

December 21, 2012 1:36 am

@21 I doubt it.

December 21, 2012 1:39 am

@20. Sorry, although I am disgusted that George’s family was treated that way, there is no causal relationship between my opinion of his latest bad acting job and what happenned to his family.

December 21, 2012 1:55 am

Who would even want to read “Fifty Shades Of Grey” anyway? More like “Filthy Shades of Grey”

Yep, that’s exactly why people read the thing.

I wonder if he’s the first Trek actor to publically say clitoris? Unless Roger C. Carmel did a very, very early version of the Vagina Monologues.

Duane Boda
December 21, 2012 3:23 am

Well…he has a sense of humor though
I question his need or desire to read
such material at his age. More like…
Oh Brother….and Please spare me – us all.

Tim Gogirenko
December 21, 2012 3:34 am

I remember meeting him in 1986, around the time “Voyage Home” was released. It was the only Star Trek convention I ever attended and I got a signed autograph. It was at the Renaissance Center in Detroit Michigan. Fun day for sure.

December 21, 2012 5:05 am

ROFL! Haven’t read the book, and glad now!

Kirk's Girdle
December 21, 2012 5:56 am

#10 George’s signature phrase was something he blurted out in response to blistering criticism from a caller on the Howard Stern show 20 years ago. The caller was defending Shatner. Following that appearance, the Stern show used that sound drop frequently to get a laugh in various situations. George then picked up on it and started using more often and more sloooooowly, notably as a punchline in his appearance on Third Rock from the Sun. Shatner being Shatner, he managed to steal George’s lines one last time by misappropriating the phrase to become the last words of James T Kirk, which drew unintentional laughs from many in the audience.

Sebastian S.
December 21, 2012 6:11 am

# 21 JM

And if you were old enough, you’d know that BOTH men are doing an old comedy routine that dates back to Steve Allen. No one performer has a lock on funny literature readings.

# 17 RDR

About half the planet, apparently; and at least all the women I know.
You’re not married, I take it? ;-)

Sebastian S.
December 21, 2012 6:14 am

# 13 MJ

Shatner didn’t invent funny book readings.

December 21, 2012 1:25 pm

Absolutely hysterical!!! God, I love George!

Let Them Eat Plomeek Soup
December 22, 2012 10:24 pm

Thank you, George. I’ve been waiting for that for months. ;)

Herb Finn
December 25, 2012 8:35 pm

When the heck did George become so funny!