Given that he has long portrayed a fictional namesake (until he was usurped by a younger, fitter model last year) and that he has also provided services to the world of music which may well redefine the word "unique", it's probably about time to get into some William Shatner news. Because, let's face it, who doesn't love the Shat? Well, alright, maybe most of the the original cast of Star Trek but still...
This is a man who is responsible for two extremely fine moments in pop culture history. This (the point where a man is acting so hard that his eyes go all wonky):-
And of course this, which really needs no introduction (go to about 40 seconds in):-
So why is Billy Boy newsworthy all of a sudden? Well, it turns out that, due to a Canadian journalist's experiments with the reach of new media (more specifically, the ever-present Facebook group), a campaign is now underway to have The Shat appointed as Governor General of Canada.
Despite starting as a journalistic exercise (i.e. way for journalist to come up with an article in a slow news week), this isn't necessarily all that unlikely. The Governor General position is apparently unelected and largely ceremonial. Also, the whole "actor holding political office" thing has been done many a time (ex-cowboy Ronald Reagan as US President, former bodybuilder and professional cyborg impersonator Arnold Schwarzenegger as Governor of California, etc.). It's so silly that it just might work.
That's not the best bit about this, though. The post has to be appointed by the Queen and, for some reason, the image of Captain Kirk being appointed Governor General in a solemn ceremony with the Queen really tickles me. So I say Shat for GG!
(Yes, quite right, this whole post was a shameless excuse to post those two William Shatner videos. It was worth it.)