Terrible 'Simpsons' impressionist Ted Cruz knows nothing about Star Trek
In an interview with The New York Times, presidential hopeful and junior Senator Ted Cruz spilled about the man behind the politician. And that man is clearly pandering to nerd voters. The article mentions that as a teen, he named an early business "Cruz Enterprises," after Iron Man Tony Stark's company Stark Enterprises. He also imitated Darth Vader during an anti-Obamacare filibuster and terrorized the internet last month with his impressions of beloved Simpsons characters post-Harry Shearer's announcement that he was leaving the animated sitcom. It should be noted that Lisa and Homer Simpson were not voiced by Shearer.
Thankfully for viewers and our ears alike, Shearer has come to his senses and will continue to voice characters such as Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders and the like.
Cruz however, has no such mercy. Now he's coming after Star Trek. Cruz prefers Kirk over Picard (fair), but badly bungled his "analysis" of the characters.
Let me do a little psychoanalysis. If you look at ‘‘Star Trek: The Next Generation,’’ it basically split James T. Kirk into two people. Picard was Kirk’s rational side, and William Riker was his passionate side. I prefer a complete captain. To be effective, you need both heart and mind."
Geekier minds than ours can better summarize exactly why he's wrong. But it comes down to this: Picard is a more than competent captain and is in no way incomplete as a character, or leader. Had Cruz been a real geek, he would've known this. And if he wants to be president, he'd better figure out how to be a competent leader himself instead of regaling the public with misguided TV criticism.
William Shatner just announced his status for everyone who might be interested with his possible involvement with Cruz.
Star Trek wasn't political. I'm not political; I can't even vote in the US. So to put a geocentric label on interstellar characters is silly— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) July 23, 2015
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facts about Ted Cruz:
Ted Cruz is a Tea Party favorite and opposes abortion and gay marriage (now just marriage). Cruz is a "traditionalist" who believes marriage should be between a man and a woman.
Cruz wants to abolish the IRS.
He was born in Canada.
Other candidates call him a "wacko bird."