Hey, guess what? Kate Mulgrew took a voice-over gig that has turned out to be narration for a documentary made by a Holocaust-denier that is titled The Principle, which claims that the sun revolves around the Earth. So now we know, for sure, that the Captain Kathryn Janeway that we (sort of) grew up with believes something that was disproved hundreds of years ago.
The evidence that other news re-aggregators on the internet are citing is the one line of narration from Mulgrew that is featured in the trailer for the documentary. That line is:
Everything we think we know about our universe is wrong.
It’s in a trailer for a documentary that doesn’t even have a release date, so it must be true. If anything Mulgrew says in her role as an actor is true then that also means this is true:
But I eat a lot of chicken, so I’m biased.
Look, I understand that this is the internet and that as such article headlines are designed to elicit an emotional response for the purpose of click-throughs, even if they’re bending the truth. And I understand how enraging the idea is that Captain Janeway herself would believe that the universe is geocentric when every observation we’ve made of the cosmos past the 17th century has proven that incorrect.
But outright claiming that Kate Mulgrew supports the claims of this documentary promotes the same lack of critical thought that The Principle itself espouses.
Noted popular scientists Michio Kaku and Lawrence Krauss are also featured heavily in the documentary trailer, but take a look at how their testimony is used. Neither man is actually talking about geocentrism in their clips. They’re excited about a redefinition of how we understand the universe, yes, but that’s because they’re talking about dark matter and dark energy. The talking heads that follow up on the noted scientists’ excited proclamations are the ones actually speaking about how the Earth is the center of the universe as they try to reclassify or ignore scientific findings by shoehorning them into Bible lore. The juxtaposition is probably deliberate. A way for filmmaker Robert Sungenis to legitimize his claims using, ironically, the very legitimacy Krauss, Kaku, and more have received by doing actual, verifiable science.
Don’t believe me? Lawrence Krauss says right here that he is being outright misrepresented by this documentary, and that the footage of him must have been purchased from other projects. Considering how disingenuous the trailer is in regards to Krauss, I find it easy to give Mulgrew the benefit of the doubt here. Especially since we’ve only heard her state an incredibly vague, “Everything we think we know about our universe is wrong.”
Phil Plait shares my sentiment in this regard, if you want to dig further into the matter.
Also? Mulgrew loves supporting real science! Check out these life stories of over 26 women throughout science and engineering history, as narrated by Kate Mulgrew.
Finally, there’s one important fact that puts me squarely on her side. This statement she released through Facebook:
I understand there has been some controversy about my participation in a documentary called THE PRINCIPLE. Let me assure everyone that I completely agree with the eminent physicist Lawrence Krauss, who was himself misrepresented in the film, and who has written a succinct rebuttal in SLATE. I am not a geocentrist, nor am I in any way a proponent of geocentrism. More importantly, I do not subscribe to anything Robert Sungenis has written regarding science and history and, had I known of his involvement, would most certainly have avoided this documentary. I was a voice for hire, and a misinformed one, at that. I apologize for any confusion that my voice on this trailer may have caused.
Captain Janeway is awesome. Don’t ever forget.
(Awesome Janeway TOS photoshop from here.)