It has been a week since the passing of Leanord Nimoy. Yes everyone has poured out their love for the great man and how much they will miss him or how much his work inspired them. I have done it myself in a twitter post and such. But what really gets me is back when Deforest Kelley passed away. Yes Bones, the “Dammit Jim I’m a doctor not a _____” fill it in as you like.
What made Deforest Kelley great was the ability to provide the catalyst for Nimoy in my opinion. They needed each other and this was even more relevant in the newest reboots where you could feel that Spock was there but there was no equal counterpart.
Yet in this I find that there was no presidential comment on Deforest’s passing. Looking back through the media you can see that Deforest Kelley garnered the usual hoopla that most actors get when they die. Life and times and all that publicity BS disguised as care, while on the other hand Nimoy garnered a vast larger send off. Was it as was stated on a youtube video the Frankenstein’s Monster whom we all grew to love, was it the different, the exotic, the inhuman that showed us our own humanity that garnered Spock more love?
If you had kept up with the posts about Nimoy you would have seen post after post from scientist that it was Spock that nurtured their interest in science and while I don’t want to belittle that sentiment I do have to say why was Deforest Kelley not praised from hell to high water about converting many people into the medical profession. Surely Medicine is a noteworthy profession. But then I get the whole anti-health movement that had been brewing in the US since the start of the internet. The ignorance about medicine with the rising of so called alternative medicine, where people are more willing to believe their friend pushing crystals over the advice of a trained professional, where trained professionals are mared by scandal and frivolous lawsuits push the price higher and higher on medical care in the US. What ever the reason I would have thought that Spock and Bones where equals and deserved equal send offs. And while I love them both as characters the people behind the mask were the life and they brought about a life that we could only dream of. And we do dream.
So why am I writing this post is very simple. I just felt that to many people in today’s world tend to jump on the bandwagon for the hits, the retweets, the repost, and reblogs. No, don’t get me wrong there are people who are honest in their sentiments and they should be commended but to many of them are not, I can only imagine the rush to the postings when my beloved George Takei passes. I can honestly say that no other famous figure has done more for equal rights in the late 90’s up until now than Mr. Takei. Still if you have read my posts where I mention him or other famous people using social media sites I bring to question whether they actually do, do any postings or if they just have assistants and interns flooding the accounts with their posts. But that is a topic for another day.
By Jin Okubo
Book Love : http://www.amazon.com/Love-Jin-Okubo/dp/1495962717
I would like to thank Opinionated Man for this opportunity.