George Takei jokes about running for Congress on April Fools' Day


Actor George Takei, best known for his role as Mr. Sulu on the original StarTrek television series, got in on the April Fools' Day action early, posting on Twitter late Friday night Pacific Time (but after midnight on the East Coast) that he was running for Congress.

"Well, the cat's out of the bag it seems. Let's do this! #Takei2018," Takei wrote. He then linked to a Daily Buzz article which claimed Takei had spoken with the outlet.

Hours later, Takei indicated it was all a joke, posting another tweet of himself holding up a "Gotcha" sign.

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CULVER CITY, CA - DECEMBER 02: Actors George Takei (L) and Masi Oka introduce The Fray onstage during the VH1 Big in '06 Awards held at Sony Studios on December 2, 2006 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
The space shuttle orbiter OV-101, aka 'Enterprise', is unveiled at the NASA/Rockwell International Space Division assembly plant at Palmdale, California, in the presence of the cast of hit tv show 'Star Trek', 17th September 1976. From left to right, NASA administrator Dr. James C. Fletcher, actors DeForest Kelley, George Takei, Nichelle Nichols, Leonard Nimoy, series creator Gene Roddenberry and actor Walter Koenig. (Photo by Space Frontiers/Getty Images)
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Still, Takei urged those who were foled by his tweet to support Jon Ossoff in his Congressional bid.

The timing of Takei's announcement, in which he declared he was taking on embattled House intelligence committee chairman Devin Nunes, raised red flags, as dubious fans and friends of Takei were unsure whether the announcement was an April Fools' Day joke or an actual declaration of the actor's foray into politics. "Really? Honestly?" Nancy Sinatra replied to Takei's tweet, while Mark Ruffalo deemed it "great news."

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