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Beloved Star Trek Actor George Takei Incites DDoS Panic

Mr. Sulu has too many Facebook fans.
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One of the offending shirts.

What if you had such a staunch following on Facebook that posting a link resulted in so may clicks that the ISP thought you were staging a DDoS attack? That’s what happened to George Takei, who is best known for playing fan favorite Mr. Sulu in the Star Trek films and series.

Mr. Takei has over two million Facebook fans. An average post receives thousands of comments, likes and shares, numbers that would have most social marketers foaming at the mouth. He shares tons of memes, weird news articles and videos, and is apparently also fond of Sulu-themed LGBTQ merchandise, as that’s where he ran into trouble with one paranoid ISP.

According to The Register:

The Star Trek star posted a link to a gay-pride T-shirt with a Takei twist to his two million fans on the social network and the click-through rates were so high that his servers believed they were being attacked by a nefarious bot rather than customers with a genuine interest in Takei-themed T-shirts.

“Apparently, my fans here collectively can now resemble a coordinated worldwide web assault,” Takei said in a Facebook post, after the site had been brought back online.

Frankly, we’re unsurprised at the volume of people dazzled by gay pride-Takei-mashup wear. Who wouldn’t want a “Takei and proud!” t-shirt?

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