Two weeks ago, we reported that George Takei deleted a poll from his Twitter account because the results of the poll weren’t what he wanted.
The star trek actor had asked his fans if they trusted the media more than they trusted Donald Trump, and realizing that almost half of the voters sided with Trump, decided to delete the poll and blame it on “Alt right online trolls”.
A similar thing happened yesterday, when English singer and actress Lily Allen posted a poll on Twitter asking people aged between 15 and 35 who they felt more marginalized by; Muslims or pensioners.
Lily had posted another tweet earlier on, claiming that migrants are more useful to society than pensioners. She decided to pose the poll to her followers after she faced backlash for her tweet.
Like George Takei, Lily deleted her poll a few hours later, after it was obvious that more than half of her followers felt more marginalized by migrants than by pensioners. She blamed the results of the poll on “middle aged angry white men” and said she deleted it “accidentally”.
In light of these events, the term “Pulled a Takei” has surfaced on the Internet, to describe a situation whereby someone creates an Internet poll, doesn’t like the results, deletes it, and then blames it on trolls.
According to the Urban dictionary definition that was posted just yesterday, “Pulled a Takei” is “When someone takes down an online poll in response to getting the opposite result they wanted.
“HAHA that Celeb totally didn’t like their results, They blamed it on trolls.”
Never pull a Takei