George Takei leads world’s largest ‘chicken dance’

By Scott Kaufman
Monday, September 23, 2013 8:27 EDT
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In Cincinnati this weekend, former Star Trek actor and current Internet celebrity George Takei led what is reported to be the world’s largest chicken dance.

Takei was serving as grand marshal of the city’s Oktoberfest festival. According to an interview with WPTV, he didn’t even know he would be required to perform the chicken dance:

I knew nothing about the chicken dance. In fact, they didn’t even tell me about the chicken dance when they asked me to be grand marshal of the Oktoberfest. What I did ask them was, “isn’t Oktoberfest a German festival?” I’m an Angelino from Los Angeles of Japanese-American heritage and they said “Well, we love you and we want you” and I said “alright, for love I’ll do it” and then they told me that one of the important duties of the grand marshal is to lead all of Cincinnati in the chicken dance. I had no idea what that was.

Takei also served as honorary conductor and narrated the Cincinnati Symphony’s Star Trek oriented performance later that night.

Watch Takei’s performance below.

Scott Kaufman
Scott Kaufman
Scott Eric Kaufman is the proprietor of the AV Club's Internet Film School and, in addition to Raw Story, also writes for Lawyers, Guns & Money. He earned a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of California, Irvine in 2008.
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