Captain James Tiberius Kirk, William Shatner IRL, would like to (not-so) humbly request that he be unverified on Twitter because too many "nobodies" sport the hallowed blue checkmark these days for his taste.
As Buzzfeed so meticulously logged, Shatner went on a verification tirade late Saturday night after John Colucci tweeted celebrating Engadget's (for which he manages social media) Twitter account passing the 1 million followers mark, and another poor, unsuspecting Twitter user decided to tag Shatner in a playful reply. Thus followed Shatner's wrath:
Because the check is being bestowed upon so many unworthies lately ("seemingly unimportant jobs" is the phasers-set-to-stun variety of shade), he thinks the system is broke beyond repair. His solution? Unverification.
Maybe I need to request to be unverified? Who wants to be part of a broken system that folks can pay $ or reward cronies while others wait?— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) June 22, 2014
So, Twitter, if you would be so kind as to make Shatner's dreams come true, I will sacrifice my own Internet integrity and take up his checkmark for myself. That's how this works, right?
I need to run. I'll be thinking sweet unverified dreams...— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) June 22, 2014
Correction: This article originally stated Colucci tagged Shatner in a tweet celebrating verification.