“Star Trek” star William Shatner recently made history as the oldest human being to travel to space. The film star’s flight aboard the Blue Origin has sparked controversy among both the public, high profile individuals especially. However, most recently, Shatner clapped back at fellow “Star Trek” star George Takei after the latter made insensitive comments surrounding the 90-year-old actor’s physical fitness and appearance.
On Friday, Shatner took to Twitter to respond to Takei’s comments, his latest response in the pair’s decades-long feud. In full, the star wrote, “Don’t hate George. The only time he gets press is when he talks bad about me.”
The remainder of Shatner’s incendiary post is located below.
Don’t hate George. The only time he gets press is when he talks bad about me. He claims 50+ years ago I took away a camera angle that denied him 30 more seconds of prime time TV. 🤷🏼♂️ I’m giving it back to him now by letting him spew his hatred for the world to see!🤣 Bill the 🐷— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) October 16, 2021
According to Fox News, the latest spark in the actors’ feud comes after Takei made comments about Shatner’s health and appearance compared to that of a “healthier” 90-year-old participating in an outer-space trip. The actor stated, “He’s boldly going where other people have gone before.”
He continued, “90 years old is going to show a great deal more on the wear and tear on the human body, so he’ll be a good specimen to study. Although he’s not the fittest specimen of 90 years old, so he’ll be a specimen that’s unfit.”
Previously, Shatner’s stated Takei’s criticisms of him point to a “festering” in the latter actor, making him “[take] it out on me.”
William Shatner ‘Felt His Age’ During Outer-Space Flight
Takei’s comments regarding William Shatner’s physical fitness were not necessarily called for prior to the star’s outer-space flight. Nevertheless, the former did reveal that the trip made him feel his age.
At 90 years old, William Shatner participates in some pretty impressive feats day to day despite his age. Followers of the star are familiar with his horseback riding pursuits, among other activities. Therefore, his activeness is what keeps him from feeling 90 years old.
However, as it would be for many first-time outer-space fliers, the trip proved challenging for the “Star Trek” star. Shatner revealed the training and simulations he participated in prior to his flight nowhere near prepared him for what to expect.
He said, “You can talk about weightlessness all you want but the feeling of weightlessness…is indescribable.”
Shatner additionally stated that despite his ability to ride horses at 90 years old, he realized, “You know something, I’m 90 years old!”