Nerds of the internet exploded into a collective wail of frustration on Sunday morning after Andrew Marr and Boris Johnson mistakenly referred to Patrick Stewart as an alum of Star Wars rather than Star Trek.
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On BBC’s The Andrew Marr Show, the host introduced his guest – who was on the show as a spokesperson for the People’s Vote, a group campaigning for a public vote on the final Brexit deal when it is agreed by the government – as “Sir Patrick Stewart, known for X-Men and Star Wars”.
However, as we know, Stewart is best known for his role as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation. And, subsequently, for several Picard-based memes.
And that wasn’t the end of it – later on, Marr’s second guest, Boris Johnson, referred to Stewart as having “something to do with Star Wars”. As Stewart’s segment was pre-recorded, he wasn’t in-studio to correct the error, but there were plenty of fans on Twitter who were quite keen to do so.
Andrew marr just said sir patrick Stewart was famous for X-Men and starwars….. this is a serious show about politics…. pic.twitter.com/9UmOBORvsY
— inkedstag (@AdamPhoenixx) April 15, 2018
— Terry Stickney (@stixson) April 15, 2018
Andrew Marr on @BBCNews just now:
"Sir Patrick Stewart, known for X-Men and STAR WARS"
— Sim????️n | Poet (@iSimonFiction) April 15, 2018
@BorisJohnson on the Andrew Marr show saying Patrick Stewart was in STAR WARS ????????♂️????????♂️
— Simon Banks (@SiBanksy) April 15, 2018
— Phantom Flan Flinger esquire (@flinger_flan) April 15, 2018
@SirPatStew according to the beeb (Andrew marr) you were in Star Wars. I missed it! What part were you? I must add this piece of trivia to my “dating repertoire” ????. Xx
— nikola dewick (@DewickNikola) April 15, 2018
— Darran Summerfield (@DarranSF) April 15, 2018
“To boldly go” is Star Trek, not Star Wars Boris, as every nerd in the country is screaming at you now. #marr
— David Shoare (@davidshoare) April 15, 2018
Let this be a lesson to any broadcasters planning on interviewing Stewart during his current political campaign: hell hath no fury like a sci-fi fan scorned.
The Andrew Marr Show airs Sundays on BBC1