While Leonard Nimoy, who is most know as Spock, has passed away, but he apparently lives on in Canada. A trend has begun sweeping the nation in which citizens are drawing Spock on their five dollar bills in memory of the Star Trek superstar.
The special tribute is carried out when Canadian citizens draw the Spock over the face of Sir Wilfrid Laurier who was the prime minister of Canada from 1896 to 1911. And with little effort, a drawn on bowl haircut along with Spock’s signature pointy ears show that the resemblance between the former prime minister and the Star Trek superstar is staggering.
Many Twitter followers have quickly jumped on the bandwagon since Nimoy’s death at the end of February. A common catch phrase used on Twitter post states:
“Spock your $5 bills for Leonard Nimoy.”
"Spock" your $5 bills for Leonard Nimoy pic.twitter.com/bKdKyC3l4q
— Design Canada (@The_CDR) February 27, 2015
With a massive uprising of bills now in circulation, the Bank of Canada spokeswoman has urged citizens to stop. She maintains that it is not illegal to doodle Spock’s face over Laurier, however, she states that there are ‘very important reasons why it should not be done.’
“It is not illegal to write or make other markings on bank notes… However, there are important reasons why it should not be done. Writing on a bank note may interfere with the security features and reduces its lifespan. Markings on a note may also prevent it from being accepted in a transaction. Furthermore, the Bank of Canada feels that writing and markings on bank notes are inappropriate as they are a symbol of our country and a source of national pride.”
However, other reports have stated that “the Currency Act and The Canadian Criminal Code clearly states that no person shall melt down, break up or use otherwise than as currency any coin that is legal tender in Canada.”
And while Spocking has been going on for years, it wasn’t until recently that the Bank of Canada felt the need to issue a statement about the behavior. And as stated above, due to Nimoy’s death the Canadian Design Resource has pushed on Twitter users to “Spock” their bills to honor Nimoy, who was born in Boston. They have since issued their own statement in response to the Bank of Canada’s statement saying,
“Hey Bank of Canada, this is OK,” CDR spokesman Todd Falkowsky said. “Don’t be scared. I am sure that Sir Wilfrid Laurier [who died in 1919] would get it.”
Some polls have indicated that 79% of people feel that “Spocking” is a harmless tribute to the star that is in no way inappropriate. While others obviously share different feelings, it remains unclear on whether or not it is truly illegal to “Spock” your currency. What do you think? Is it a harmless tribute, or is it highly disrespectful?