kate mulgrew documentaryThere are a lot of documentaries out there in the world that purport to prove all sorts of things, from "The Secret" to conspiracy theorist David Icke. As it turns out, one documentary filmmaker managed to trick two rather prominent people into participating in their bananas documentary about Geocentrism, "The Principle." (Geocentrism is the "belief" that the sun revolves around the Earth.)

One was scientist and author Lawrence M. Krauss, who wrote an entire article entitled "I Have No Idea How I Ended Up in That Stupid Geocentrism Documentary" for Slate. The other is Kate Mulgrew, who narrates the trailer for the documentary.

As the former Captain Janeway, Mulgrew's voice causes a Pavlovian reaction among "Star Trek" fans who associate her with bad-ass Captain Janeway. When she says at the beginning of the trailer, "Everything we think we know about our universe is wrong," it's hard not to agree. Of course Captain Janeway could school us on the nature of the universe! The jig is up when one of the talking heads drops a line about NASA erasing information from its website about Geocentrism. (Upon second glance, it looks like that talking head is Robert Sungenis, the exec producer of "The Principle" and a Holocaust denier to boot.) And it just goes downhill from there.

Mulgrew has since issued the following statement on 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."

Of course, we don't know how much of the doc Mulgrew actually narrated; she's only heard at the very beginning of the trailer, with that one sentence. If that's the case, what could be the appeal of loaning her voice to the trailer at all? Surely Sungenis doesn't have piles of money to offer for voice-over services. Wouldn't Mulgrew's team vet a project like this beforehand?

Then again, maybe it was as much a surprise to them as it was to Krauss. Krauss wrote, "I have no recollection of being interviewed for such a film, and of course had I known of its premise I would have refused. So, either the producers used clips of me that were in the public domain, or they bought them from other production companies that I may have given some rights to distribute my interviews to, or they may have interviewed me under false pretenses, in which case I probably signed some release. I simply don't know."

Some might argue the high road is to ignore Sungenis and his ilk. As Krauss suggests, "Let's all stop talking about it from today on." Then again, sunlight is a great disinfectant.

[via AV Club]

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