Star Trek icon William Shatner reacted to news that the IRS spent $60,000 on a six-minute “Star Trek” spoof by tweeting out to his 1.4 million followers that he was “appalled at the utter waste of US tax dollars.”
So I watched that IRS video. I am appalled at the utter waste of US tax dollars.
– William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) March 26, 2013
It’s a rare occasion for the Canadian-born actor to weigh in on U.S. politics. In his most recent (and wonderful) autobiography, Up Till Now, the 81-year-old legend made a point of explaining that as a Canadian citizen he’s uncomfortable publicly commenting on American politics:
Throughout my career I’ve always tried to keep my philosophical and political beliefs to myself, partly because as a Canadian citizen I’ve felt like a guest in America and, being polite, I didn’t feel it was my place to advocate loudly for my own beliefs.
Shatner wasn’t at all uncomfortable, though, talking about how much he loves the United States and its people.
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