William Shatner became the oldest person in the world to have visited space. In his Blue Origin spacecraft trip, he saw many amazing things, and called the experience “unbelievable.” Shatner has quite literally made a record that might not even be broken ever, but many offered their critiques on the event.
Shatner’s critics included Prince William and George Takei. While Prince William was concerned with the impact space flights had on climate change, Takei ripped into Shatner for his level of fitness. Shatner, however, was quick to get back to resolving both of these criticisms.
Prince William told the BBC that he is not a fan of the route Blue Origin has taken. He emphasized that these space flights could be very damaging to the climate since the amount of damage these flights do still remain uncalculated. He told BBC:
We need some of the world’s greatest brains and minds fixed on trying to repair this planet, not trying to find the next place to go and live… [it] is quite crucial to be focusing on this [planet] rather than giving up and heading out into space to try and think of solutions for the future.
Shatner gave his retort on the very day through an interview with Entertainment Tonight. He said that William has the wrong idea and that the Blue Origin project is more about expanding the industries up in space.
The idea here is not to go, ‘Yeah, look at me. I’m in space…’ I would tell the prince, and I hope the prince gets the message, this is a baby step into the idea of getting industry up there, so that all those polluting industries, especially, for example, the industries that make electricity… off of Earth.
The actor was also hit hard by Takei’s claims. However, he smartly dismantled them in a tweet. He revealed in the tweet what he really thinks about it. He criticized Takei back for his eternal whine about Shatner having had 30 seconds of more screen time than him. That must have hurt, and it goes to show why Shatner is still very amazing.
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