Canada politely begs residents not to scribble Spock on $5 bills

Ric Francis/APIn this Aug. 9

At first glance, Sir Wilfrid Laurier doesn’t bear much of a resemblance to late “Star Trek” star Leonard Nimoy. But as mischievous Canadians have long known, scribbling pointy ears and eyebrows onto their $5 bill turns the seventh prime minister of Canada into an uncanny image of Spock.

Now the nation, faced with an influx of defaced bills after the 83-year-old actor’s death last week, wants fans to quit.

“The Bank of Canada feels that writing and markings on banknotes are inappropriate,” Bank of Canada spokeswoman Josianne Menard pleaded in an email this week, according to the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. “They are a symbol of our country and a source of national pride.”

A group called the Canadian Design resource gave the fad a jolt with a tweet asking Canadians to “Spock your $5 bills for Leonard Nimoy.”

Although Bank of Canada, which sets monetary policy for the nation, meekly asked residents to desist, the “Spockers” might have some support from up high: According to Yahoo News Canada, bank chief Stephen Poloz is a huge “Star Trek” fan.

American “Star Trek” fans needn’t despair about our boring $5: cover up the beard, and Abraham Lincoln makes a pretty good Bones McCoy.

‘Looking’ actor apologizes

“Looking” star Russell Tovey apologized Tuesday for remarks about effeminate men that he said have “branded me worst gay ever.”

The 33-year-old British actor, who plays a skeezy boss on the San Francisco-set “Looking,” angered fans with comments he made to the Guardian about his father’s refusal to send him to drama school.

“I feel like I could have been really effeminate, if I hadn’t gone to the school I went to,” he told the newspaper. “If I’d have been able to relax, prance around, sing in the street, I might be a different person now. I thank my dad for that, for not allowing me to go down that path.”

Tovey, who is gay, tweeted abject apologies Tuesday to fans who felt he was mocking effeminate gay men.

“I’m proud to be who I am and proud for others,” he tweeted. “We’re in this together, I want you to know whatever you think I meant, I didn’t.”

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