Iconic “Star Trek” actor William Shatner responded to a report that European Union officials were looking to ban the classic show motto, “to boldly go where no man has gone before,” to be more gender inclusive.
The motto was a part of the mission statement of the Enterprise spaceship in the sci-fi series, but government officials say it’s no longer politically correct and should be changed to “no one” instead of “no man.”
Shatner posted screenshots of articles documenting the policy suggestion and criticized the officials.
“Presentism at work yet again. Why start at Trek?” he wrote on a post on social media.
“Isn’t it better to start at the beginning and redo foundation material such as the Magna Carta, religious writings, works of Shakespeare before worrying about a silly TV show opening that reflects social commentary of the time?” he added.
“If people are offended by 6 seconds of dialogue recorded in 1966 without a modicum of understanding of the social issues at the time there’s bigger issues that they need to deal with first – like educating themselves,” Shatner concluded.
His missive had more than 10k likes of support.
Shatner previously denounced “presentism” and offered a definition of the concept.
“I am so tired of presentism & moronic people who continue to place today’s value systems on the past to judge,” Shatner posted in 2021.
“They cannot comprehend that the fact they have the freedom to judge is because of what brave people did in the past,” he added. “Education needs a wake up call.”
Shatner made history in 2020 when he was included as a passenger on the Blue Origin spaceflight and became the oldest person in space at age 90.
Here’s more about Shatner’s historic flight:
90-Year-Old ‘Captain Kirk’ Goes to Space For Realwww.youtube.com
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