After Trump shared the design on Twitter, Takei, who played Sulu on the original Star Trek TV series in the ‘60s, pointed out its similarities to the one used by the sci-fi franchise’s Starfleet Command. “Ahem. We are expecting some royalties from this...,” Takei wrote.
Ahem. We are expecting some royalties from this... https://t.co/msYcJMlqjh— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) January 24, 2020
In one of several tweets on the subject, Takei declared, “There is nothing sacred anymore.”
The actor, who’s spoken out before about his political disagreements with Trump when Takei was a contestant on Celebrity Apprentice in 2012, was far from the only one who noticed similarities. The topic was one of the most talked about subjects on Twitter late in the day.
CNN reporter Jim Acosta provided a side-by-side comparison.
Trump just announced the new logo for the Space Force. The other is Star Trek Starfleet Command. pic.twitter.com/S7NeYdjR4C— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) January 24, 2020
Trekkies and others on social media were equal parts bewildered and infuriated.
It looks like you'll be hearing from Star Trek's lawyers.— Nick Jack Pappas (@Pappiness) January 24, 2020
"What if we just use the Star Trek logo?"— Oliver Willis (@owillis) January 24, 2020
"We could never get away with that."
"I dunno, the President's pretty dumb."
"You don't think..."
"C'mon. Let's try."https://t.co/2a19FgI3yN
We don’t money for public college, healthcare, SNAP, affordable housing, or clean water.— Qasim Rashid for Congress (@QasimRashid) January 24, 2020
But we have plenty of money to plagiarize the Star Trek logo & create Space Force to fight off the invading Klingons. 😑 pic.twitter.com/p4vDZk4YKB
I think this sums it up... pic.twitter.com/fndbyj2TU8— It is what it is (@PITT_ALUM) January 24, 2020
I don't want to alarm anybody but World War III in the Star Trek universe lasted from 2026 to 2053. https://t.co/0F4T5o1LJ1— Paul Fairie (@paulisci) January 24, 2020
However, a few pointed out that the new logo has commonalities with an other earlier logo, one that was used by the Air Force.
For those excitedly tweeting that Trump stole the Star Trek logo!!!!, the patch on the left was the existing Air Force Command logo.— John Noonan (@noonanjo) January 24, 2020
The same one I wore as a Lieutenant in 2005. pic.twitter.com/mYb60YioBP
Star Trek was already fresh on the minds of audiences, as the new show Star Trek: Picard, the eighth series in the franchise, debuted Jan. 23 on CBS All Access. The spinoff, which follows retired officer Jean-Luc Picard, played by Patrick Stewart, was renewed for a second season before the first episode had even aired.
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