It’s been only one day since LeVar Burton launched a Kickstarter campaign to crowdsource funds to reboot iconic children’s show “Reading Rainbow” and he’s already hit over $2 million, twice his original goal. In the video above, watch LeVar — aka Geordi LaForge from “Star Trek: The Next Generation” — tearfully react to hitting $1 million:
“I am overwhelmed. Thank you so much. This is going to enable us to really, really do a lot of good. I am so proud that this community has come together to support this effort and it’s a people’s thing. It’s the $5, it’s the $10, it’s the $25, it’s the $1 pledges and it’s unbelievable. Or actually, it’s very believable. Thank you do much. We are literally changing the world, one children’s book at a time.”
So so so awesome. I am not embarrassed to say that if “Reading Rainbow” does indeed hit our television screens again, I’ll be watching from time to time too. [YouTube]
“Yeah, one [romance] was with an entity that was actually a monster. And the other was with a holographic representation of the woman who designed the Enterprise engines. Neither of which I would necessarily call a healthy relationship. I just wish [the writers] had allowed that part of Geordi to evolve… Because there were a couple of one-line gags that were present in the character — the first one being, “The blind guy flies the ship.” And we solved that by giving Geordi a specific area of expertise from which to contribute, when we moved him to engineering.
The other stereotype was that of the nerdy guy, the engineer who is inept around women. And we just never had the opportunity — we ran out of time, I guess — we never had the opportunity to evolve beyond that. And I believe with the core of my being that ‘Star Trek’ is better than that. ‘Star Trek’ is better than stereotypes.”
– LeVar Burton talks about his character Geordi La Forge’s lack of romantic interests on “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” which is coming out on Blu-Ray on July 24th (yay!). Amelia and I have always wondered about Geordi’s complete lack of game, especially because, in my view, Geordi was suuuuper hot. But what can I say? I’m a sucker for a guy in a Visual Instrument and Sensory Organ Replacement (VISOR). [io9]