Star Trek actor William Shatner is the latest celebrity to jump on the crypto bandwagon.
Shatner, the legendary Canadian-born actor best known for his decades-long portrayal of Captain Kirk, is considering producing and hosting his own podcast, Cryptoslate reported.
According to his Twitter account, he wants to use his platform to spread the word about cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology.
On Wednesday, he tweeted: “I’m fascinated by the technology potential. The coins are secondary to me. Blockchain technologies are the future.”
I’m fascinated by the technology potential. The coins are secondary to me. Blockchain technologies are the future. https://t.co/KmGBTlMC73
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) February 11, 2020
While there’s no lack of crypto-focused podcasts and shows on the Internet today, the community seems to value anything that generates publicity.
The news about Shatner’s podcast plans spread like wildfire on Twitter. The crypto community first became infatuated with the actor when he participated in the Satoshi Roundtable conference earlier this month.
Shatner told his 2.5 million Twitter followers that he doesn’t plan to shill particular coins or products, but that he’d discuss the potential of blockchain technology and the industry in general.
Shatner’s recent popularity among some members of the crypto community did not last for long. Supporters of Craig Wright, the Australian computer scientist who claims to be bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto, became angry at the star when he was asked whether “Faketoshi” had attended the Satoshi Roundtable conference.
To the dismay of the BSV (Bitcoin Satoshi Vision, a controversial bitcoin fork) community, Shatner used the opportunity to denounce Wright and question the validity of many of his claims, including that a bonded courier was going to provide him with the private keys needed to access Satoshi’s massive bitcoin fortune.
Shatner said about the nChain scientist: “Why can’t he prove it? From what I’ve read is that some mysterious bonded courier would deliver the keys (which honestly is a scene right out of Back to the Future.) If he is, he should be able to prove it. This is like the modern-day search for Anastasia.”
Why can’t he prove it? 🤷🏼♂️From what I’ve read is that some mysterious bonded courier would deliver the keys (which honestly is a scene right out of Back to the Future.) If he is, he should be able to prove it. This is like the modern day search for Anastasia. https://t.co/2cykzwFhNU
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) February 10, 2020
Wright has been wrapped up in legal proceedings brought against him by the estate of David Kleiman, an American computer scientist. The two sides are litigating over Wright’s alleged misappropriation of over a million bitcoins that he and Kleiman mined together from 2009 to 2013, Cointelegraph reported.
Despite claiming to be the creator of bitcoin, in November Wright told the plaintiff that he could not afford a 500,000 BTC (nearly $4.9 billion) settlement in the case that the Kleiman estate initiated against him. Earlier this month, he was accused of abusing attorney-client privilege by withholding documents and confusing trial proceedings.
Calvin Ayre, the CEO of Ayre Group and founder of pro-BSV news outlet CoinGeek, gave his two cents on the matter, telling Shatner that Wright “can prove everything” and has “all the evidence.”
“He owes us all nothing in this and having keys is not proof like what he is doing in court,” he wrote on Twitter.
The discussion quickly turned into a bitter fight between those supporting Wright and those that believe he is a fraud. Shatner made his opinion on the matter crystal clear – there’s little to no chance that Wright is Satoshi.