Maintaining a sense of humor is important, particularly in a time of crisis. While many of us are taking the pandemic seriously, it is important to laugh now and again to break the tension. TV and movie icon William Shatner has never been someone who takes himself too seriously. Known for decades as Captain Kirk on Star Trek, Shatner is returning to that roll on Twitter during social distancing and started a Captain’s log to share with the world.
Captain Kirk’s Captain’s Log
“Captain’s Log” Stardate 1 of self imposed isolation,” Shatner’s tweet to his 2.5 million followers began. This will remind Star Trek fans of the good old days when Shatner appeared on the original television series.
“After having arrived at Planet Home, I was warmly greeted by Emissaries Espresso & Macchiato,” the Star Trek actor continued tweeting. “I look forward to my planned respite from my normal duties. Kirk out.”
Captain’s Log: Stardate 1 of self imposed isolation. After having arrived at Planet Home, I was warmly greeted by Emissaries Espresso & Macchiato. I look forward to my planned respite from my normal duties. Kirk out.
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) March 18, 2020
The 88-year-old Canadian actor had a follow up to his Captain’s Log later on Wednesday thanking fans in Europe last week for coming to see him.
How quickly the world has changed in a handful of days as Shatner now is self-isolating at home, like many people across the globe.
Captain’s Log: Supplemental. While reflecting upon my experiences of the past week I do want to send my love, thanks & respect to those in Europe who came out to see me. ? For those canceled appearances I will work towards seeing if I can get back to those venues at some point??
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) March 19, 2020
Of course, Shatner isn’t the only Hollywood star using social media to message his fans during the pandemic.
Academy Award Winning actor Matthew McConaughey shared an encouraging video to his 2.5 million Twitter followers as well.
Matthew McConaughey’s Green Light
“Hey everybody, McConaughey here, just want to say that in these crazy times that we’re in with the coronavirus, let’s take care of ourselves and each other,” the actor says in the beginning of his short video. “Let’s not go to the lowest common denominator and get paranoid. Let’s do our due diligence, take the precautions we need to take care of ourselves and those around us.”
“Right now, more than ever before, we’re all more dependent on each other than we ever have been,” McConaughey continued. “But we have an enemy in coronavirus that is faceless, that is raceless, sexless, non-denominational and bipartisan and it’s an enemy that we all agree we want to beat. We want to beat ‘em and we’re going to beat ‘em.”
“I believe that green light is going to be built upon the values that we can enact right now,” McConaughey tells his followers. “Values of fairness, kindness, accountability, resilience, respect, courage. If we practice those things right now, when we get out of this, this virus, this time might be the one time that brings us all together and unifies us like we have not been in a long time.”
So far, McConaughey’s video in the tweet below has been watched over 4 million times.
because every red light eventually turns green pic.twitter.com/x05GuITW4J
— Matthew McConaughey (@McConaughey) March 17, 2020
It’s great to see some celebrities using their platforms for good during this global health crisis.
I for one think William Shatner’s ‘Captain’s Log’ is genius! What a bright spot during an otherwise dark time. If you want to follow along, you can check back daily on Shatner’s official Twitter account.