Star Trek’s George Takei Recalls Fight Against Kim Davis in Interview With Doublie
Doublie has published an interview with Star Trek’s George Takei, who recalled his fight against defiant anti-gay marriage county clerk Kim Davis, among other topics.
San Francisco, CA (PRUnderground) October 19th, 2015
Doublie, maker of a popular iPhone app that allows users to remix memes, today published an interview with Star Trek star and meme distributor George Takei, who, among other topics, looked back on his fight against defiant Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis during the debate over gay marriage. Takei used his Facebook page to help propagate the many “just does their f—ing job” memes that criticized Davis.
“Memes are really cultural messages that can be copied, transmitted and then shared,” Takei told Doublie. “In today’s connected world, memes can encapsulate the zeitgeist of cultural moments, [such as ones] around Kim Davis, which while humorous can also be quite powerful.”
Last Friday, Davis announced that she would give up her push to declare invalid the altered marriage licenses issued by her office to same-sex couples, while a federal judge asked Kentucky’s governor to weigh in on the issue. The Westboro Baptist Church used the news to say it would picket Davis’s office on Monday, calling her a “proud, self-righteous hypocrite” because of her multiple marriages.
The Takei interview, titled “Still Does His Job,” can be found here:
Takei, whose Facebook page boasts more than nine million fans who see his humorous and often thought-provoking memes on a daily basis, also used the interview to discuss:
• His time on Star Trek, whose progressive themes helped galvanize a desire for social justice that had begun during his childhood. He recalled meeting Martin Luther King Jr. during his time on the popular series, and how Dr. King urged actress Nichelle Nichols to remain in her role as Uhura as “a beacon of hope to other aspiring African Americans,” Takei said.
• His early years in a U.S. internment camp for Japanese-Americans during World War II. He told Doublie: “My father once told me, America is a people’s democracy, meaning it can be as great as the people who inhabit it, and as fallible as people can be. It was that fallibility that led us to be incarcerated for four years without charges or a trial simply because we happened to look like the people who bombed Pearl Harbor.”
“George Takei’s Facebook page demonstrates how memes can be used to help drive powerful social changes,” said Doublie CEO Shane Walker. “We’re proud to publish our interview with him.”
Doublie leads the way in mobile remixing of social media while on the go. The company has raised $1.7 million from early investors in YouTube, Uber, Facebook, and Twitter.
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Doublie is the remix layer for mobile, building a single platform to create, edit, and remix media on the go. The company currently offers an iPhone app, with an Android version planned for release later in 2015.
Doublie seeks to formalize research into Internet era memes and quantify them by popularity, based on numbers of unique storylines and remixes, so journalists and other interested parties may draw conclusions for their own use.
The company has raised $1.7 million from early investors in YouTube, Uber, Facebook, and Twitter. Three of the four founders are Stanford graduates.