The IRS Parodies Star Trek, Then Apologizes For It
You know those painfully lame training videos companies make to initiate new employees into how to behave in the workplace? Of course you do. These vids speak to new hires like they are total morons and feature acting so bad it seems out of a grade school play production. Well, it turns out the IRS has these videos too. But to make them less excruciating to watch, they attempted to parody Star Trek and Gilligan's Island. And this has some furious. Not because the resulting videos are still absurdly dumb, but because they cost about $60,000 to produce. That's your tax dollars at work to pay for one of the worst Spock wig/ear combos ever made.
The video above—unearthed thanks to the Freedom of Information Act—was produced for screening at the opening of a 2010 training and leadership conference for the IRS, and features IRS employees playing Star Trek characters in a spaceship headed to Notax, a planet where there are major issues with identity theft. Perhaps spotting colleagues in costume and these tired jokes played well at the conference, but Deadline reports the IRS is now apologizing for this misuse of their funds. In a statement the agency said:
“The IRS recognizes and takes seriously our obligation to be good stewards of government resources and taxpayer dollars. There is no mistaking that this video did not reflect the best stewardship of resources."
The statement went on to add, "A video of this type would not be made today," which seems to miss the point. Parody whatever you want! Just don't spend $60k to do it! Hell, they could have go the guys from Journey to Planet X and had it done for a fraction of that cost. And I bet theirs would have been way more fun to watch.
You can see what I mean in the trailer for that fascinating doc below:
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