NYC Mayor Dresses As Star Trek’s Spock But Says He’s Captain Kirk

New York City mayor and self-described Trekkie Bill de Blasio botched a Star Trek Halloween costume at a press conference on Thursday, seemingly confusing Captain Kirk and Spock. The costume was an attempted tribute to Star Trek: The Original Series, the cult show that aired from 1966 until its cancellation in 1969. Despite its short run, Star Trek has left an indelible mark on sci-fi television and film, sparking a small army of Trekkie spinoffs, both on television and in theaters.

Created by Gene Rodenberry, The Original Series follows the adventures of the crew of the USS Starship Enterprise, who hurtle through space "to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before." William Shatner stars as Captain Kirk, the leader of the Starship Enterprise. Leonard Nimoy plays First Officer and Science Officer Spock, the calm and logical yin to Kirk’s charismatic yet fallible yang. The original cast is rounded out by DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, Nichelle Nichols, and George Takei.

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Mayor de Blasio appeared to confuse the two titans of space-time on Thursday, with the one-time presidential hopeful proudly touting his Kirk costume, The Mary Sue confirms. “Halloween is almost here, and it’s time to choose your costume,” the Mayor exclaimed. “I’ve chosen mine. This is my homage to Captain Kirk.” Even the most casual Star Trek fans will recall that Kirk dons an ochre shirt, while officers in the sciences division—including Spock—wear blue. To make matters worse, de Blasio ended his COVID-safety Halloween spiel with the erroneously labeled Vulcan blessing: “It’s going to be an amazing time, and I want to remind everyone of the Prime Directive. Live long and prosper … with candy.” Needless to say, there was nary a pointy ear in sight.

When reporters caught wind of de Blasio’s mix-up, the lame duck was quick to admit the flub. "That’s a good catch. I like the blue a lot, but you're right, it's historically inaccurate.” The mayor added, “but I'm still gonna wear it, because now we bought it." Mixing up two of Star Trek’s most famous characters is a major faux pas for a self-proclaimed Trekkie, but the Mayor never specified which iteration of Star Trek caught his eye. With decades of Star Trek spinoffs and ongoing series to choose from, maybe de Blasio is partial to The Next Generation or he’s a Picard guy. Perhaps it isn’t hyperbolic to assume that following the press conference, the screams of beleaguered Star Trek fans could be heard echoing throughout the tristate area.

De Blasio isn’t the only politician whose cringe-y costume made headlines this Halloween. Senator Mitt Romney dressed up as Ted Lasso for the haunted holiday, debuting the costume with a number of awkward videos. The costume caused an eyebrow-raising mix-up of its own, with Romney sharing the Ted Lasso look alongside a poorly paraphrased quote from Friday Night Lights. Luckily for Romney, the Utah Senator isn’t courting voters with his cosplay. De Blasio will need to get his Star Trek characters in order as he preps for an aspirational gubernatorial run.

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Source: The Mary Sue

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