"Star Trek" actress denounces creationist movie she narrated

Kate Mulgrew distances herself from geocentrism documentary, and creator's ultra-conservative, anti-Semitic views

By Sarah Gray
Published April 8, 2014 10:40PM (EDT)

Earlier today, it was reported that a new pseudo-science documentary, "The Principle," was narrated by "Star Trek" alum Kate Mulgrew. Now the actress, who played "Star Trek's" Capt. Kathryn Janeway, has come out publicly on her Facebook to distance herself from the film. The post said:

"I understand there has been some controversy about my participation in a documentary called THE PRINCIPLE. Let me assure everyone that I completely agree with the eminent physicist Lawrence Krauss, who was himself misrepresented in the film, and who has written a succinct rebuttal in SLATE. I am not a geocentrist, nor am I in any way a proponent of geocentrism. More importantly, I do not subscribe to anything Robert Sungenis has written regarding science and history and, had I known of his involvement, would most certainly have avoided this documentary. I was a voice for hire, and a misinformed one, at that. I apologize for any confusion that my voice on this trailer may have caused. Kate Mulgrew"

The film promotes the long debunked geocentric idea that the sun revolves around the Earth. It was financed by ultra-conservative Holocaust-denier Robert Sungenis, who also appears in the trailer. It is unclear how much Mulgrew knew before she signed up. However, many fans in the comment section are glad she has come out against the film.

Mulgrew is not alone in writing a rebuttal to the documentary. Physicist Laurence Krauss, one of several scientists to appear in the trailer, wrote a response piece in Slate. In it he lambasted geocentrism and stated that he did not know how the clips of him were obtained.

"Nevertheless, even after being inured to such things, I was surprised to learn of the premise of the film, until I learned that its producer also apparently questions the Holocaust," Krauss wrote. "It is tempting to say that both claims are obscene nonsense, but I believe that does a disservice to the word nonsense."

h/t Facebook, Slate

Sarah Gray

Sarah Gray is an assistant editor at Salon, focusing on innovation. Follow @sarahhhgray or email sgray@salon.com.

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