Friday 18 March 2022

'Set phasers to cringe': Leftist GA gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams is president of the United Earth on 'Star Trek' — and viewers head to sick bay

 You don't suppose the movers and the shakers connected with "Star Trek: Discovery" care one way or another if left-wing darling Stacey Abrams wins the Georgia gubernatorial race in November, do you?

Because they gave the Democratic candidate some extra attention by casting her in the role of president of the United Earth for Thursday's season four finale.

What are the details?

One clip shows the Federation president greeting Abrams' character and saying she's looking forward to diplomatic discussions getting started. “Nothing to discuss,” Abrams character replies. “United Earth is ready right now to rejoin the Federation, and nothing could make me happier than to say those words."

Her character then engages in a brief chat with other characters, including U.S.S. Discovery Capt. Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green), after which the clip ends.

A decidedly star-struck Martin-Green told Deadline that she's "still floored when I think about Stacey gracing us with her presence in our Season 4 finale."


Martin-Green added to the outlet that Abrams "is a legend in the making and a civil hero" and that "it was an honor for me as a black woman to stand with her in the story."

Deadline called Abrams "the woman widely regarded as having saved American democracy," presumably for her work getting Democrats elected in 2020. 

How are folks reacting to the clip?

A number of Twitter users who watched the clip of Abrams playing president of the United Earth seem well aware of the political parallels at play — and they almost unanimously slapped their palms against their foreheads:

  • "Campaign ad?" one commenter wondered.
  • "Set phasers to cringe," another user wrote.
  • "What did I just watch? Is this a deepfake?" another commenter asked.
  • "From fake governor to fake president?" another user posed.
  • "If this was an SNL skit it'd be hilarious," another commenter declared.
  • "How to give a politician greater delusions of grandeur," another user offered.

Anything else?

Abrams announced her bid for Georgia governor in December. She lost the 2018 governor's race to Republican Brian Kemp by a small margin, after which Abrams infamously claimed voter suppression and said Kemp's victory was tainted.

"We had this little election back in 2018, and despite the final tally and the inauguration and the situation we find ourselves in, I do have one very affirmative statement to make: We won," Abrams said five months after her defeat.

In early February, Abrams was called out for the hypocritical optics of a photo showing her without a mask in a classroom full of young children forced to wear face masks — and soon the photo was gone from social media.

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