Actor William Shatner of “Star Trek” fame has made it clear that he has no interest in getting involved in American politics — mainly because he happens to be Canadian.
When asked about his politically minded costar George Takei or controversial American President Donald Trump, Shatner has always given the same response:
“I don’t want to discuss Trump or Takei. Listen, I’m Canadian and I’m apolitical. I love America. I consider myself a guest here.”
But where Shatner apparently draws the line is the forced removal of history — via artwork and monuments — from the nation where he says he has been honored to spend time as a guest.
It all started when a few folks found out that Shatner had donated some money that was used to build a Louisville, Kentucky, statue of acclaimed horseman and American Gen. John B. Castleman — understandable, since Shatner is an avid horseman and elite breeder himself.
But then they found out that Castleman had also served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War:
So began the drama:
Not content to leave well enough alone, someone had to jump in and prove his point for him:
But Shatner wasn't having it, pointing out that the statue was clearly not depicting Cattleman in any military dress, Confederate or otherwise:
And Shatner wasn't wrong. This is what the offending statue looks like:
Some tried to warn Shatner that it was just going to get worse:
But it was already too late:
Resigned to his fate, Shatner decided to teach his critics a brief history lesson:
Clearly, nothing was sinking in:
Wait, who? Remember, we're talking about John B. Castleman. This guy:
Not this guy:
Shatner was ready for it, however:
And still the attacks kept coming:
And still, Shatner held his ground:
Well played, Captain.