William Shatner declares UK ‘mad’ over Brexit

And Captain Kirk also tells The Big Issue climate change is weighing heavily on his mind

Star Trek legend William Shatner has told The Big Issue that the UK is “mad” for voting in favour of Brexit.  And the man who famously played Captain Kirk is also hugely concerned for the state of the planet in general.

When asked if he was in favour of Brexit, he said: “Definitely not. You’re all mad.”

Humanity in general is sitting heavy on Shatner’s mind. The 87-year-old expressed his concern for our species’ fate in the battle to not only mitigate global warming, but convince naysayers that it poses a real threat.

He said: “I feel sad I guess. Because we’re all going to disappear in the next 100 years.  We are on the cusp of a great tragedy for humans.

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“For animals and for insects and for non-vertebrates it’s all going to be fine. But humans have their head in the sand about this terrible thing called climate change which is rushing upon us, and there are some idiots in this world who think that it isn’t going to happen.”

Shatner also explained why being raised Jewish didn’t stop him releasing a Christmas album, Shatner Claus, which is out now, and featured a host of guests including Iggy Pop and Henry Rollins.

“The celebration of Christmas isn’t just celebrating Christ’s birth but it’s celebrating the passing of the years, and the music and the customs of the season,” he said.

“The giving of gifts and acknowledging that there’s a better part to humanity.”

You can read the full interview in this week’s Big Issue, on sale now.

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