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Watch: IRS $60K Star Trek Video Earns Rebuke From Congress – Worst.Parody.Ever

This week a Star Trek controversy has been brewing – and it has nothing to do with Alice Eve’s undies. This scandal Star Trek scandal involves the IRS – yes the people that collect your taxes – spending $60,000 on a Star Trek parody video. Congress demanded to see the video and today the IRS released it. Watch the video below

 

$60,000 Star Trek Parody Gets IRS In Hot Water

On Wednesday Congressman Charles Boustany (Chairman of the Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee) sent a letter to the acting commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service to "inquire about videos depicting television or movie parodies" produced by the IRS production studio. The goal was to "determine whether and to what extend taxpayer resources were devoted to activities unrelated" to the IRS "core functions." Of particular interest was a Star Trek parody video which the IRS had admitted cost $60,000 to produce.

And so late on Friday the IRS complied with the request and released the six-minute long parody video, which was created for a 2010 training and leadership conference. The agency also said (via AP) it was a mistake to make the video because it "does not appear to have any training value."

After watching the video where the "Starship Enterprise Y" visits "Planet Notax," you may not agree that was the only mistake they made. Here it is.

Even though the IRS admitted it was a mistake, the agency tells AP the "Star Trek" video "was a well-intentioned, light-hearted introduction to an important conference during a difficult period for the IRS."

However Boustany isn’t impressed, saying "There is nothing more infuriating to a taxpayer than to find out the government is using their hard-earned dollars in a way that is frivolous. The IRS admitted as much when it disclosed that it no longer produces such videos."

The controversey still hasn’t ended. There is another video with a "Gilligan’s Island" theme which the IRS has not released. In this case the agency is saying it was a "a legitimate training video" with "an island theme provided filing season training for 1,900 employees in our Taxpayer Assistance Centers in 400 locations." According to the IRS "using a video saved the agency $1.5 million each year compared to the costs of training the employees in person."

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Chain of Command
March 23, 2013 12:11 am

Holy badness

Chain of Command
March 23, 2013 12:12 am

That’s so terrible

LLAP
March 23, 2013 12:14 am

$60,000 and they couldn’t get the uniform/bridge combination correct? TNG uniforms on the TOS bridge? THAT is what offends me.

Capttravis
March 23, 2013 12:20 am

This offends me deeply both as a taxpayer and a Star Trek fan

Red Dead Ryan
March 23, 2013 12:22 am

C’mon, they spent $60,000 on a cheap-looking set with bad plastic wigs and those awful poor-quality Ruby’s TNG uniforms???

WTF???

If they were going to waste SIXTY FRIGGIN’ THOUSAND DOLLARS, they should have just paid that money to James Cawley and borrow his set and costumes!!!

It’s not bad enought that a lot of money was wasted, but it happened be wasted in such an awful, awful fashion.

They could have done this on a couple hundred bucks at the most!

Heads need to roll (publicly, and on a giant screen at a Trek convention, no less) for what happened at the IRS.

CmdrR
March 23, 2013 12:22 am

Where to begin? Also, why?
It doesn’t matter who is in power. As long as gub-ment can spend without consequences, there will be waste on crap like this. Take this out of the salaries of the 6 highest-ranking beaurocraps who signed off on it.

Red Dead Ryan
March 23, 2013 12:24 am

enought=enough

DAMN TYPOS!!!

CmdrR
March 23, 2013 12:26 am

sorry, got worked up there…
“bureaucrap”

also, it’s still awful

Cre8tivguy
March 23, 2013 12:36 am

HORRID!!!

Devon
March 23, 2013 12:37 am

Now that is REAL Star Trek! Not none of that J.J. Abrams hulabalah aiming at kids with their fancy boomboxes and their ADHD MTV Lowest Common Denominator crap!

/sarcasm

Marja
March 23, 2013 1:01 am

I think I’ll skip it … anytime I see a large gent with a plastic wig and ears playing Spock I’m just too, too offended

She Sucked Jeffries Tube!
March 23, 2013 1:08 am

According to Starfleet Intelligence, the video originally contained lensflares but the cost would bump to $100,000. :P I guess we should at least be thankful. :D

March 23, 2013 1:16 am

I think for $60K I could have made 5 minutes of Trek that would blow your socks off. Seriously, how was this more than $600? Heh.

Kirk
March 23, 2013 1:17 am

Still better than Star Trek 5.

Keachick
March 23, 2013 1:18 am

Holy moly – where to begin. That was sooo bad. At least they could have got the uniforms right. Yikes.

Red Dead Ryan
March 23, 2013 1:28 am

Even the wrong uniforms were wrong.

#14.

Ouch! ;-)

March 23, 2013 1:30 am

Come on. Star Trek V at least had some fantastic character moments. I also like that the “bad guy” isn’t just plain evil bent on revenge. Just a misguided soul to takes his passion too far.

March 23, 2013 1:31 am

Just a misguided soul that takes his passion too far.*

AyanEva
March 23, 2013 1:32 am

I can’t figure out how a parody this bad cost the better part of $60,000 to make! LOL

Red Dead Ryan
March 23, 2013 1:42 am

#19.

One word: Stupidity.

Pensive's Wetness
March 23, 2013 1:54 am

LOL… i actually thought it was vaguely humorous… ive seen worse things that i suspected would have been possible fraud, waste & abuse items while in the Navy…

DiscoSpock
March 23, 2013 2:09 am

Nothing too different quality-wise from the Cawley stuff that so many people here fawn over all the time.

Anthony Thompson
March 23, 2013 2:29 am

Next Gen uniforms on a TOS bridge??? DISASTER!

March 23, 2013 2:38 am

I demand a refund!

Capt. Roykirk
March 23, 2013 2:47 am

Wow, that was bad. From a Trek perspective there is a ton wrong, namely the uniforms. I wonder why the woman has the TOS and the others don’t. This is so poorly done in general, the lines are very badly delivered. And how on earth does this cost that much of Taxpayer money?

The TOS Purist aka The Purolator
March 23, 2013 4:06 am

Holy smoke… that old KFC commercial with the TOS crew had better production values, and that was probably made with half that budget in 1990’s dollars!!

March 23, 2013 4:58 am

It is bad, but at least it has good music and sound effects!

pepperoni56
March 23, 2013 5:00 am

What was the ship? Some kind of flying B?

Gorn Captain
March 23, 2013 6:30 am

I get the feeling some unscrupulous video production company jacked their rates up just a tad when they saw those IRS rubes coming. Real life Ferengi!

The TOS parody Saturday Night Live did in 1975 had a better bridge set. ;)

Spockchick
March 23, 2013 7:17 am

Holy heck, I’m off to poke out my mind’s eye.

Archer
March 23, 2013 7:19 am

Having carefully weighed up both this and the international trailer released this week, I’m going to have to say I peferred the trailer more. Indeed, I think I’d prefer never watching this ill conceived footage again. Yes, lets go with that.

March 23, 2013 7:27 am

I just can’t bring myself to click on the video link… Probably for the best.

Mr. Holiday
March 23, 2013 8:47 am

24, I see what you did.

StephenH
March 23, 2013 8:51 am

I really hope this won’t stir up or cause bad/negative publicity for Star Trek just as STID is about to come out.

This is probably the last thing the new movie needs.

ALPTrekker
March 23, 2013 9:14 am

@32
DON”T CLICK THAT LINK,MAN! FOR GOD’S SAKE, NO!
I have seen what it contains, and my mind is forever polluted by those images.

Clinton
March 23, 2013 9:20 am

#5 Totally agree. If they were going to bother making this at all, they could have done it for a fraction of the cost. Any fan who’s made a low-budget video could tell them that. Also, the script was horrible. I’ve seen plenty of intro videos for training sessions. That dialog was not helpful at all. Ugh. Just ugh.

Phil
March 23, 2013 9:40 am

@19. This is the IRS we are talking about. It probably cost $6 million, and they under reported the cost.

I could go on, but don’t wish to earn the ire of AP…. :-)

the dogfaced boy
March 23, 2013 9:54 am

The Rand character said there was a mixup with the dry cleaner. Doesn’t that explain everything?

At least they knew they had the uniforms wrong.

CmdrR
March 23, 2013 10:15 am

It would almost make sense if there was information in the video… But, do we really need a video to say “Money laundering is bad!” Really?? No poo, IRS.
Can’t wait to see what wisdom the Gilligan’s Island one offers. Maybe explaining that everyone who has ten coconuts must give 4 to Skipper so he can wage war on Muslims for a decade, then leave so they’ll never stop hating us.

Phil
March 23, 2013 10:24 am

Easy, guys…this is popping up on other hard news sites, so there are plenty of places to go to vent your spleen on the topic.

MDSHiPMN
March 23, 2013 11:15 am

@ # 22, lol.

All things considered, I thought the captain owned it.

March 23, 2013 11:26 am

“a new fangled disease….”

Gotta appreciate the effort, well no,…maybe the sentiment. But yeah, I’ve done more for a lot less money.

March 23, 2013 11:32 am

Had anyone in government ever SEEN an episode of Star Trek, or were they working exclusively from stills and fuzzy memories? The “bridge” is terrible. I cannot BELIEVE a herd of accountants tried to build one instead of just greenscreening the bridge in. Everything is wrong. Everything. Just….EVERYTHING. I can’t wrap my brain around the level of badness. It couldn’t have been worse if it was an intentional attempt to make the most egregious, crapilicious parody imaginable.

Every individual little detail about this is just half-baked, poorly done, sloppy, offensive, amateurish, and wasteful. There is not one redeeming feature at all. Not. One. But then again, this IS the government we’re talking about.

AJ
March 23, 2013 11:39 am

So, that was “Star Trek: Into Darkness?”

Barney Fife
March 23, 2013 11:50 am

CBS/Paramount needs to send the IRS a Cease and Desist order on this embarrassment for our government, country, planet and our beloved franchise!

NX-17000
March 23, 2013 11:51 am

@44. Well, it definitely went somewhere… Hope it ends up in the Darkness of a dumpster.

SherlockFangirl
March 23, 2013 11:55 am

KICK-ASS NEW EMPIRE MAGAZINE COVER. KICK-ASS, I TELL YOU! KICK-ASS!!!1

Mikey1091
March 23, 2013 12:05 pm

I love it when for apparently no reason my comment gets deleted. I’m guessing its because I swore (its not like half the other people here do the same thing) or because someone though I was a troll, which I’m not. In case it was the first reason, I shall rephrase what I said.

I agree with earlier people. How this thing was created for more than 600 bucks is beyond me.

The Chief
March 23, 2013 12:13 pm

I want so much to believe that the “discovery” of this means that our leaders we charge with oversight are on top of things; unfortunately, the sad reality is that there is likely so much rampant wasteful spending that there isn’t enough oversight in the world to stop it all.

What a sad commentary on our government and it’s spending habits all the while, we’re “cutting back” by limiting White House tours for schoolchildren – something that actually HAS “training” value!

William Shattner
March 23, 2013 12:32 pm

The only part I found slightly amusing was “Scotty” using a hair dryer on the engines. The dialogue was absolutely horrible, stiff, etc. not nearly enough real acting.

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