The New York tabloids want to get in on the fun that the Brit tabloids have been having with the new Star Trek movie. However, instead of fabricated casting news, they seem to want to focus on William Shatner and his (made up) anger at director J.J. Abrams (remember it was the NY Post that started the ‘Shatner is furious‘ story). Now the New York Daily News is taking Shatner’s appearance at the Las Vegas Star Trek convention (see TrekMovie.com Con report) and totally distorting it to fit with the Shatner/Abrams feud story.
The Daily News recounts Shatner’s story about being run off the road by a fan who is a stunt driver and they twist it around to it being Shatner’s ‘road rage’ with him screaming "I am Captain Kirk" (yes Shatner did say that in his story, but not in the way it appears in the tabloid version which takes it out of context). In addition The Daily News recounts Shatner’s jokes about not being in the film, but twists it to where Shatner ‘denounced’ J.J. Abrams and appeared ‘manic.’ It is clear that these people have never seen Shatner at any event before, because there was nothing unusual about Shatner’s performance in Vegas. The tabloid also claims Shatner was ‘addled and red faced’ when taking pictures. Bill walked right by me to his photo session and he was his usual smiling self. I talked to several people who took pictures with him and they were nothing but happy with the results. In the TrekMovie.com Con report I did note that some may take some of what Shatner was saying seriously if they weren’t there and didn’t see it in context.
It is great that this film has ‘buzz,’ but it appears that the tabloids (both here and in the UK) are using that to create celebrity stories which are simply BS. It may be that the NY tabloids will now twist anything Shatner says into this ‘angry at Abrams’ myth they have created. Unfortunately for many people in the general mainstream (who don’t follow Trek/sci-fi news closely) the only news they hear about the film is the sensationalistic stuff coming from the tabloids. So the average person might think that the new movie has every celeb in Hollywood in the movie (except for William Shatner who is trying to break down the gates of Paramount).
UPDATE: And it gets even worse.
As discussed before, these tabloid stories often have a ‘ripple effect’ where they get picked up by other news sites, news papers and websites…often being further distorted. For example HolyMoly:Shatner Makes Drunken Appearance