Reporting Shannon Carlin
Have you heard Sara Bareilles latest single “Brave”? Well, George Takei has and he’s a big fan of the song’s message.
The social media star and actor — best known for playing Mr. Sulu on Star Trek — took to his Facebook yesterday (April 23) to let his many, many fans know that they should listen to Sara B’s new song off her upcoming album, The Blessed Unrest (out July 16).
“Need a pick me up?” he wrote. “Here is a terrific new song with a great message…It’s by songwriters Sara Bareilles and Jack Antonoff, and it’s called ‘Brave.’”
Takei continued: “Sara explained in an interview that the lyrics were inspired by the story of a friend struggling to come out. They lyrics are also very apt for girls and young women trying to find their voice in a world that so often pressures them to stay silent. Enjoy.”
For Takei, who in 2005 revealed he was gay in an interview with Frontiers magazine, the song’s message is one he can relate to. “The world has changed from when I was a young teen feeling ashamed for being gay,” he said in an interview a year after coming out. “The issue of gay marriage is now a political issue. That would have been unthinkable when I was young.”
Takei’s approval of the song’s message is certainly nothing to sneeze at. With more than 600,000 followers on Twitter and 6,000 likes on the day-old Facebook post, the activist has a lot of clout in the LGBT world.
Equality. The final frontier. twitter.com/GeorgeTakei/st…
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) March 27, 2013
Antonoff, who wrote the song with Bareilles while on break with his band fun., called “Brave” a “civil rights anthem at a time when people need it most.” And Bareilles agreed with her songwriting partner, explaining that the song sends an important message to anyone who needs a little help speaking up for themselves.
“I think there’s so much honor and integrity and beauty in being able to be who you are,” she said. “It’s important to be brave to give others permission to do the same.”
When the singer stopped by the studios of Fresh 102.7 in New York, she talked about the song’s lyric video, which features a group of girls playing a little music, choreographing a few dance routines and singing along to her new song.
“Empowering young woman… it’s a concept that is near and dear to my heart,” Bareilles, who recalls being bullied in middle school over her weight, said. “I love seeing those girls just kind of be themselves on camera and be free and liberated.”
Watch the video for “Brave” below.