This is probably one of the most ridiculous examples of Obama Derangement Syndrome I’ve seen so far. Shortly after Lenoard Nimoy — the Geek Grandpa — passed, President Obama released a statement acknowledging his death. In the statement, Obama said he “Loved Spock,” and noted that he was “Cool, logical, big-eared and level-headed, the center of Star Trek’s optimistic, inclusive vision of humanity’s future.”
Obama loved something. You know what this means.
The editor-in-chief of the conservative Washington Free Beacon, Matthew Continetti, published a column today explaining why he felt “apathetic” about Nimoy’s passing. And it turns out that he’s “apathetic” because Nimoy’s iconic character, Spock, reminded him too much of President Barack Obama.
He began his column by noting that “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.”
Referring to Spock as a “peacenik,” he accused the half-Vulcan of “routinely land[ing] the Enterprise and the Federation into trouble.” He went on to note that “his ‘logic’ and ‘level head’ mask an arrogant emotional basket case…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.”
He went on to outline the decisions that Spock made in the original series, and then turned his attention to the new film franchise, which, according to Continetti, is “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. 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.
He then goes on to ask “and Obama likes this selfish jerk? The coolness the president so appreciates in Spock is a thin veneer over a remarkably arrogant and off-putting detachment from human suffering.”
Continetti continued, writing that “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.”
In contrast, he compares Spock with Data noting that Data embraced humanity, while Spock rejected.
He concludes by saying that “It will take America some time to recover from the legacy of our Spock-loving president.”
Yes, he went there.
I’ll admit to being unarmed when it comes to defending against the accusations he levels against Spock the character. However, using Nimoy’s funeral to grandstand and score political points is pretty damn petty. And frankly, I’d rather have a President who idolizes Spock than idolize a Vice President who embodies Darth Vader.
[h/t and photo credit RS]