William Shatner has never been one to shy away from speaking his mind, and back when Star Trek: Phase II was in development, he had something to say about the original Star Wars film which debuted in 1977. Shatner said in an interview that he was disappointed and called it a "simple-minded cartoon."
An obvious Star Wars found recently discovered this Shatner telephone interview from the 1970s and used it to call out Shatner and his previous television series, Rescue 911. Shatner, never one to be deterred, clapped back with his take on a description of Star Wars and solidified what he'd said earlier about the film.
Not everyone can be a fan of Star Wars just like not everyone is a fan of Star Trek. And all are entitled to their opinion. However, that doesn't mean there won't be some negative feedback, which obviously didn't phase Shatner when he took to Twitter/X to clarify exactly why he'd called Star Wars a "simple-minded cartoon."
This obviously wasn't something the fan expected, and so far, there has been no response, but Shatner is one actor/celebrity who doesn't mind returning jabs when someone targets him so this should have been expected.
It won't be a surprise if Shatner's outspokeness results in a plethora of Star Wars' fans chiming in to defend their franchise. And, honestly, it's to be expected. Most Star Trek fans would do (and have done) the same thing when their favorites get negative reviews. But Shatner's dislike of the original Star Wars film has nothing to do with his previous acting (or hosting) roles so the jab at Rescue 911 fell flat. No opinion has ever been changed by a Twitter/X shoutout, and it's clear that Shatner stands firm on his original opinion of Star Wars.