The Ice Bucket Challenge has been going around on the web to raise money for ALS (aka Lou Gehrig’s disease). The rules are simple: donate money to the ALS Association or film yourself dumping a bucket of ice water on your head while challenging your friends to do the same (most people do both). Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos called upon three Star Trek celebs: William Shatner, Patrick Stewart (still waiting on you, captain!), and George Takei. That gave way to more Trek celebs such as Brent Spiner and Gates McFadden. See their amazing reactions below.
Jeff Bezos Challenges Shatner, Stewart, and Takei to take the Ice Bucket Challenge
Last Friday, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos took the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS research at an all-hands meeting in Seattle. That was when he brought Trek into the fold by challenging his childhood heroes Captain Kirk, Captain Picard, and Mr. Sulu. Check out his challenge below (skip to 2:52 for the Trekness):
Jeff Bezos challenges Shatner, Stewart, and Takei
William Shatner and George Takei rise to the challenge
Just a day later, William Shatner dumped a bucket of ice water on his head and donated to ALS:
He also challenged Dancing With the Stars host Tom Bergeron, country music star Wynonna Judd, and singer Josh Groban.
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) August 16, 2014
Shortly thereafter, George Takei followed on with this video, also calling out Buzz Aldrin, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Sir Ian McKellen.
Brent Spiner accepts the challenge, nominates Gates McFadden
More Star Trek celebs joined in on the fun when Brent Spiner accepted Ramon de Ocampo’s challenge. In his video, Spiner called upon Trek celeb Armin Shimmerman and his wife Kitty Swink as well as his friend Gates McFadden.
Gates answered the call after posting this tweet to Brent:
— Gates McFadden (@gates_mcfadden) August 17, 2014
Gates, whose father died of ALS, dons a blonde wig and a French accent for her video so that Brent can see her with her hair wet. She challenged actor Mark-Paul Gosselaar, actor/director Larry Moss, and once again calls out Sir Patrick Stewart, “because I just want to see what you look like with your hair wet.”
Who will be next?
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has been a huge success and has raised over $22.9 Million so far. Take the challenge, donate, and then call upon your friends! Who wants to take the Trekkie Ice Bucket Challenge and do it in costume?