George Takei received the Icon Award at the 2015 Unforgettable Gala on Saturday evening.
The Unforgettable Gala was created by James Ryu, the founder and publisher of the award-winning magazines KoreAm Journal and Audrey Magazine, and the website Kore. The Unforgettable Gala “recognizes Asian-Americans who have made great achievements in various fields such as music, entertainment, sports, journalism, community and more.”
Takei received the award from John Cho. “You’ve always reminded me of the ideals of Star Trek,” he said, “infinite diversity in infinite combinations, [which] is being assailed in our country right now. This is a dark time for people of color, for non-Christians, for LGBT citizens, for our ecology, and for our Constitution itself. We are being tested as a people in a historically unique way. I want to thank George for always using his prolific platform and in turn risking to speak out when he has seen injustice. In this way, George, you have never been a model minority.”
“Well all the icons I know are dead; I’m very much alive,” said Takei, speaking to Variety about receiving the award. “I’m going to redefine what they mean by icon.”
Other winners included Ken Jeong (Actor of the Year), Wong Fu Productions (Digital Influencer Award), Brian Tee (BMW’s Ultimate Drive Award), Jennifer Yuh Nelson (Director of the Year), and Steve Aoki (Music Vanguard Award).