‘Star Trek’s’ William Shatner: At Age 86 Captain Kirk Is Bold, Outspoken, And Fighting The Beast [Opinion]

William Shatner, like Star Trek’s Captain Kirk, isn’t afraid to speak out. When it counts, Shatner can still hold his ground. There are numerous occasions when the active octogenarian relies on his wits to navigate a strange new world, Earth 2017.

Star Trek’s William Shatner was greatly disappointed with the way his book interview with the Daily Beast was presented. Obviously, to those accustomed to the speech of manly men over 50, the Star Trek icon made an offhand joke to avoid a political question. That joking comment was taken vastly out of context and used in the headline as explained in The Schmooze.

William Shatner spoke up about his frustration on Twitter.

“The sad thing was that the article in @thedailybeast was supposed to be an interview about my book.”

William Shatner deserved better than this. Star Trek’s Captain Kirk is from Canada and as he jokingly explained to the Daily Beast he was “apolitical.”

“…I don’t want to discuss Trump or [George] Takei. Listen, I’m Canadian and I’m apolitical. I love America. I consider myself a guest here. I won’t do anything that might get me deported.”

Star Trek’s Captain Kirk was, in typical man over 50 style, saying I don’t want to discuss this, and obviously the thought of being “deported” was a joke, hardly a serious concern. In spite of the context, namely a reporter trying to badger a political statement out of a man who wants to talk about his book, William Shatner’s book interview was headlined as a political statement.

William Shatner of the original Star Trek series, despite the headlines, is not “biting his tongue” on any issue, he just wanted to talk about horses. William Shatner has written a book titled, Spirit of the Horse: A Celebration in Fact and Fable. The full title was not even given in the Daily Beast article. Spirit of the Horse occurs once. The Star Trek icon was justified in being annoyed and had no problem letting his feelings be known.

William Shatner is still just as fearless as his Star Trek Character. Captain James T. Kirk of Star Trek was as much a creation of Shatner’s real-life persona as Kirk was a product of script writers. William “Bill” Shatner isn’t living in fear for any reason. He is not afraid to speak his mind.

The Late Leonard Nimoy with William Shatner

The Captain Kirk icon does not, however, need to navigate the 2017 political minefield in a book interview. William wants to talk about his love of horses. There were no questions about the book, and this was the iconic actor’s only comment about horses because the interviewer did not ask the right questions.

“I always look for a western when I watch television. I’m a big fan of Gary Cooper and John Wayne and obviously horses. I’d find time to make a western if I’m ever asked to.”

William Shatner’s Spirit of the Horse: A Celebration in Fact and Fable, is the reflection of an experienced horseman. Spirit of the Horse’s conversational style is enjoyable as the author’s persona comes through. It’s as if one was sitting down with Star Trek’s iconic Captain Kirk and asking him what he thinks about horses. The book feels personal.

Star Trek’s William Shatner loves his family, horses, and talking about his plans for the future. Pinned to the top of his Twitter page is the following.

“My children are my life. I have three kids in total; Leslie, Lisabeth & Melanie. They are my reason to get up & live each day to the fullest.”

William Shatner has some sweet notes on his Twitter account, including his tendency to thank people, but overall Star Trek’s Captain James T. Kirk is a bold Tweeter, ready to let the chips fall where they may.

William Shatner of Star Trek portrayed Captain James T. Kirk in the original series

On Star Trek, William Shatner’s Captain Kirk was bold and spoke with power and authority. Today, William still even tweets in a commanding voice. The Star Trek icon speaks his mind and makes his opinions known.

William Shatner also recently posted about men’s rights, only to end up in a bold debate with a feminist. In the spirit of Star Trek’s Captain Kirk, William did not back down. See the Star Trek reference salted conversation on the Inquisitr.


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Overall, William Shatner’s Captian Kirk boldness is still working for him, despite the war on men being waged this century. Being a manly man isn’t always easy, but this Star Trek icon isn’t about to change his brand now. Like Clint Eastwood, Shatner is still powerful and manly even in his eighties, and he isn’t about to tone it down just because times have changed.

Star Trek’s William Shatner is as bold at 86 years of age as Captain James T. Kirk ever was.

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