New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called a John Wesley Powell character in “Star Trek” “Captain William Shatner” while he was appearing on an episode of a little-known television show about a small American outpost in the Pacific, “The General Hospital ABC series.”
The Internet was left scratching its head in amazement when the mayor, speaking about the show’s production in New York, told a Globe and Mail reporter, “They had to ship Captain William Shatner over.”
The Peter Sagan character, first seen in 1969’s “The War of the Worlds,” is written as a Native American and comes from Tsimshian descent. There’s even an earring in his ear that indicates his tribe. The character is also credited as having been a part of the famous battle of the moon landing.
Just a few days ago, de Blasio appeared in a commercial in which he goes “Star Trek” on a neighbor. He must have had a misprint.
Star Trek fans are pointing out that actor William Shatner is not actually a Native American.
The mayor apologized, but nothing has been revealed about where the “Captain Shatner” gaffe originated.