A few months back this site (when we were called ‘The Trek XI Report’) and TrekWeb reported on some comments from Marina Sirtis (article here). The actress had some rather negative views of the executives at Paramount and J.J. Abrams plans for the franchise. The quotes were taken from publically available transcripts of an online chat she held with fans. Gustavo Leao of TrekWeb is now reporting that she has posted a new message to her fans voicing concerns about this:
I have always thought that the chats I have with my fans are private to us and I never imagined that anyone would then take any information I divulged and post it on another site. What I tell you guys is for us only. My feelings on certain topics such as Shatner were never intended to be made public. To be honest I feel utterly betrayed.
TrekMovie.com and TrekWeb were only reporting what was made public on her site. Sirtis has now closed off her forums to all but paying fan club members and apparently is considering throwing in the towel on the whole net thing. Sirits has warned her fans "I am now seriously cosidering closing the site as I don’t feel it is safe for me any more. I hate to do this just because of one irresponsible person but my lack of faith in the computer age has now been confirmed."
At the time of the report it was rather surprising that she would say such negative things about Paramount, her past (and potential future) employer. TrekMovie.com understands the concept of things being said off the record and on background (we always respect that when a source asks us to not report something). However, if something is on the Internet, then (by definition) it is public and fair game. TrekMovie.com has offered Ms. Sirtis (through her manager) the opportunity to go on the record to discuss her views of the Trek franchise and J.J. Abrams, we await a reply.