idiot editor-in-chief of the right-wing misinformation station known as the Washington Free Beacon, hates Spock. Continetti confesses he is a Star Trek fan, but that he was “somewhat confused” by his “rather apathetic reaction” to the death of beloved actor Leonard Nimoy.
Though conservatives initially praised the actor — and even attempted to erroneously claim Nimoy for themselves — that love affair apparently ended when President Obama once again proved that, if he spoke out against slitting one’s throat with a rusty butter knife, hospitals would see an influx of incredibly stupid patients that night (hint, hint, Mr. President).
“I loved Spock,” President Obama said in a touching statement following the passing of the actor. And that was all it took.
While the President did nothing but beam praise at the departed Nimoy, noting that his character was “Cool, logical, big-eared, and level headed, the center of Star Trek’s optimistic, inclusive vision of humanity’s future,” Continetti somehow viewed the President’s words as a comparison to himself. “Just like you know whom,” he wrote of the President’s statement.
I am also a Star Trek fan, but I admit I was somewhat confused by my rather apathetic reaction to Nimoy’s death. And as I thought more about the president’s statement, I realized he identifies with the very aspects of the Spock character that most annoy me. I don’t love Spock at all.
Oh, and he has reasons, alright! “As usual, evil happens because Spock is too idealistic, too in thrall to a value-neutral conception of science, to consider the unintended consequences of his actions,” Continetti says as he struggles to mold Obama subtly into his criticisms of a flawed and fictional character:
Not only do Spock’s peacenik inclinations routinely land the Enterprise and the Federation into trouble, his “logic” and “level head” mask an arrogant emotional basket case. Unlike the superhuman android Data, a loyal officer whose deepest longing is to be human, Spock spends most of his life as a freelancing diplomat eager to negotiate with the worst enemies of Starfleet. He’s the opposite of a role model: a cautionary tale.
Spock cares only for himself. He returns to the Enterprise in Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) only because he believes the superior intelligence of V’ger might help him finally purge all human elements from his soul. True, he sacrifices himself for the good of the ship in Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan (1982), but Spock’s renunciation of self is not as total as we are led to believe. He knows he has a fallback position. He knocks out McCoy and—without the doctor’s consent—transfers part of his consciousness to his old friend.
After a more than ten additional paragraphs of complaining about Spock’s (and, presumably Obama’s) faults through The Next Generation, he refers to the new film franchise as “an enjoyable picture that is revealing of Spock’s awfulness.”
“It shows how Spock is tormented, physically and mentally, by the fact that his mother is human, how Mr. Logic is actually a boiling kettle of fury, resentment, passion, and ambition,” Continetti writes. “Spock is a jerk to his girlfriend Uhura, who is way out of his league. He almost kills Kirk. He is so overcome with emotion he relieves himself from duty in the middle of a huge crisis. Spock is rude to his father.”
“And Obama likes this selfish jerk?” Continetti asks. “The coolness the president so appreciates in Spock is a thin veneer over a remarkably arrogant and off-putting detachment from human suffering.”
He notes that “Spock is moody, flip, detached, and self-consciously superior. Data wants to fit in, while Spock displaces his anxieties over his bicultural heritage onto his family and work relationships.” You know, just like Obama.
“What Leonard Nimoy’s death revealed is that there is a sizable portion of Trek fans, and of nerds in general, that identifies with Spock’s neuroses, his hang-ups, his self-loathing, that are attracted to the cold soulless abstractions through which he views life, who believe in the naïve and ineffective diplomacy in which he so thoughtlessly and recklessly and harmfully engages. I can’t help but find this revelation disturbing,” Continetti concludes. “It will take America some time to recover from the legacy of our Spock-loving president.”
On the Beacon’s Facebook page, some agreed with Continetti:
But others disagreed:
The debate rages on, but one thing is for certain: Leonard Nimoy must be rolling over in his grave (with laughter) at this doltish and, shall we say, “highly illogical” debate. It is always impressive how quickly conservatives denounce something the moment the President speaks in favor of it.
Perhaps Obama needs to encourage people to breathe oxygen, or eat food — not just eat healthy, but consume digestible materials. Would our friends on the Right suffocate? Starve?
Maybe a public service announcement about the importance of not injecting paint thinner into one’s cornea…
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