It was a shocker, because earlier in the day the former Captain Kirk on the hit “Star Trek” TV series had spent hours on Twitter defending his decision to miss the service for his co-star, explaining that he couldn’t because he had made an earlier commitment to a Red Cross charity function in Palm Beach, Fla. The 83-year-old Shatner even tweeted that his two daughters would attend in his place.
Nimoy died Friday at 83. He was best known for his portrayal of “Star Trek’s” logic-driven, half-human science officer Spock, an ally and foil to Shatner’s Kirk.
The situation was amplified when, after the New York Daily News called Shatner “Captain Jerk” on its Sunday front page for not attending the funeral, Shatner then tweeted an image of the paper’s cover to his two million followers and invited them to “discuss it.”
“I chose to honor a commitment I made months ago to appear at a charitable fundraiser. A lot of money was raised. So here I am; tell me off.”
That drew tons of Twitter response, some understanding of Shatner’s stance, while many others ripped it. Shatner went on a tweeting rant, taking radio hosts, journalists and the Daily News to task before finally thanking all for “celebrating the life” of Leonard Nimoy.”
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