VIDEO: George Takei at Austin's SXSW Festival

3.11.2014

By Neal Broverman

The out actor and social media phenom discussed Grumpy Cat, Google Glass, and LGBT rights during the media and tech conference in Texas.

Star Trek actor/gay activist George Takei was one of the highlights for LGBT attendees of Austin's South by Southwest Festival and the Wall Street Journal caught up with thoroughly-modern Takei before he spoke about a new documentary on his life.

Talking with WSJ's Geoffrey Fowler, Takei shared his thoughts on why people love internet pictures of cats, adding that once he gained Facebook fans and Twitter followers through the use of light-hearted memes, he could introduce heavier issues, like LGBT rights. Takei also encouraged older folks to get online and connect with loved ones. He also burst into laughter when hearing the new term for Google Glass users ("glassholes").

"We've gone beyond the Star Trek technology," Takei said. "We literally live in the science fiction world." Watch the full video below.

Other than Takei, other LGBT highlights of SXSW which began on Friday and ends March 16, include performances by Betty Who!, Mary Lambert, Melissa Etheridge, Blondie, Sharon Needles, and a screening of the documentary The Case Against 8. Sadly, Saturday night's Grindr party already passed you by. Check out the full schedule here.

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