William Shatner is at it again.

Last week, the Star Trek actor started to attack Jonerys fans on Twitter for over a day. For those who are not familiar with the Game of Thrones fandom, he was targeting Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen shippers.

The reason? Because, apparently, some of them like the idea of the two costars’ beautiful friendship being a bit more than just a friendship.

I tried to go to Shatner’s Twitter profile, but I was unable to because he had blocked me.

Now, disagreeing with a ship is fine but it’s not okay to attack the integrity and character of people you disagree with over a ship. Here is one of the many tweets that Shatner found suitable to send out:

[Image description: Tweet by William Shatner in response to a fan, stating: "A lot of these badly behaved fans are children. They act out Tnline because they are lonely this is a good way to be popular amongst the mean girls when they really wouldn’t be accepted in real life by the popular types. If they focused on doing good things they’d get more attn."] via Twitter / @WilliamShatner
[Image description: Tweet by William Shatner in response to a fan, stating: “A lot of these badly behaved fans are children. They act out Tnline because they are lonely this is a good way to be popular amongst the mean girls when they really wouldn’t be accepted in real life by the popular types. If they focused on doing good things they’d get more attn.”] via Twitter / @WilliamShatner
Shatner has also been taking screenshots of tweets made by people he disagrees with and tweeting those screenshots for his 2+ million followers to see.  This isn’t exactly uncommon social media conduct from Shatner.  While he is most likely known for his role in Star Trek, he now spends a lot of his time attacking people on Twitter.

People with millions of followers on social media should recognize the power that they have. Even if a famous person has the best of intentions, by quote-tweeting or posting a screenshot of a tweet that includes someone’s username, they could subject us regular people to abuse from their followers.

I know because I have been on the receiving end of this. Specifically, I’ve been on the receiving end of attacks from William Shatner’s fans, or stans.

In January, I had replied to a tweet of the article “William Shatner, Age 87, Still Alive” from The Why Intersection, a satire publication from McGill University where both Shatner and I attended. I responded with one word, “shame,” because I was exhausted of seeing his Donald Trump-like attacks against regular people.

I’m still not sure how, but Shatner found my tweet and quoted me.

I was confused about why so many of his stans were DM’ing me and telling me that I was a terrible person, and some were threatening my physical safety. I put my account on lockdown and started to try and figure out why I was getting attacked.

Being attacked on social media sucks.

I tried to go to Shatner’s Twitter profile, but I was unable to because he had blocked me.

After logging out, I went to his profile and saw he had not only quoted my tweet, putting me on the receiving hand of hate from thousands. No, he had gone on my profile to see who I was. He’d gone and tagged The Tempest and asked if they wanted someone like me working for them. He literally used his power and influence to get me fired.

Fortunately, my colleagues and boss defended me but I was genuinely concerned that a silly one-word tweet was going to affect my media career. My guess is Shatner never thought about me the day after this whole Twitter scuffle, but I was affected by this for months.

I don’t know what type of messages and tweet responses Targaryen Loyalists are receiving (I’m not even in the Game of Thrones fandom and know nothing of Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke), but my guess is that it’s not pretty.

Being attacked on social media sucks.

My William Shatner Twitter fiasco is now one of my go-to stories that I tell people at parties now but it was not funny at the time. Also, can we please just let people ship in peace?

With a large platform comes a lot of power and Shatner needs to realize this – in a positive way. For now, I won’t hold my breath.


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Julia Métraux

By Julia Métraux

Staff Writer, Health