Alyssa Moore
April 01, 2017 11:54 am
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In America’s current political climate, it’s starting to feel like anything’s possible. Maybe that’s why we were all ready to believe actor George Takei when he said he had a “bombshell” political announcement to make. Even if that announcement was that the Star Trek star had decided to run for Congress. 

The story began last night, when The Daily Buzz reported that the veteran actor and activist was looking to buy property in California. Where in California? Well, supposedly in Tulare County. And this location turned out to be super important for his planned Congressional run.

Hey, there are probably worse candidates out there.

And Takei wasn’t running for just any Congressional seat. He claimed to be taking on none other than Devin Nunes, a Republican rep from central California. Nunes, who’s the head of the House Intelligence Committee, recently sparked massive controversy by revealing Committee intelligence reports to President Trump.

Kind of a big deal, right?

Takei told the Daily Buzz that the current political situation moved him to make the announcement.

Twitter users and celebs were quick to pledge their support for the “candidate.”

Even Mark Ruffalo offered an endorsement.

But it turns out that Takei’s political bid was totally phony.

The actor released another tweet a few hours later, reminding us that we should have checked the date.

Yes, that’s right. It was an April Fool’s Day joke. (Although the West Coast’s defense, it was still March 31st when he made his announcement!)


The follow-up tweet included an endorsement of Democrat Jon Ossoff, who’s actually running for Congress in Georgia.

Though we’re undecided on whether Takei’s prank was cruel or comic, we have to admit, it got our attention!