WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany received support Tuesday from actor William Shatner after the Louisiana congressman exposed an IRS video parody of “Star Trek.”
Boustany, the Lafayette Republican who chairs the U.S. House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee, worked last week to uncover what he called fraud and waste in the $60,000 cost of Internal Revenue Service training videos that were made as parodies of “Star Trek” and “Gilligan’s Island.”
After initially stalling in releasing the videos, the IRS subsequently apologized and said in a statement that any videos like the 2010 parodies would not be made again.
“The IRS recognizes and takes seriously our obligation to be good stewards of government resources and taxpayer dollars,” the IRS statement read. “There is no mistaking that this video did not reflect the best stewardship of resources.”
Shatner, who played James T. Kirk, captain of the starship Enterprise, in the “Star Trek” television and film series, took to Twitter on Tuesday to complain about the parody video as well.
“So I watched that IRS video. I am appalled at the utter waste of US tax dollars,” Shatner wrote.
The nearly six-minute “Star Trek” video was made with a set to recreate the original television show and features lines like, “… to boldly go where no government employee has gone before” and the planet “Notax.”
Last week, Boustany complained about the waste of taxpayer dollars.
“There is nothing more infuriating to a taxpayer than to find out the government is using their hard-earned
dollars in a way that is frivolous,” Boustany stated at the time. “The IRS admitted as much when it disclosed that it no longer produces such videos.”
Of course, the IRS videos did not reach Hollywood levels.
The next film in the series, “Star Trek Into Darkness,” which is slated for a May release in theaters, reportedly has a $185 million production budget.