Star Trek fans and Star Wars fans seem to fall into two camps. It’s sort of like cat lovers and dog lovers, although many people love them both, a lot of people have a one-or-the-other preference. Nevertheless, both Sci-Fi epic universes have aligned together against the rise of Donald Trump.
On September 29th, the Star Trek Universe made an unprecedented move. The Trek Against Trump Facebook page, with over 22,000 followers, posted a viral comment letting the world know that the cast, crew, and families of the Star Trek world stand firmly against Donald Trump. Star Trek began in 1966, and in all those years there has never been a political endorsement of this kind. This year’s election is different.
Star Trek has always offered a positive vision of the future, a vision of hope and optimism, and most importantly, a vision of inclusion, where people of all races are accorded equal respect and dignity, where individual beliefs and lifestyles are respected so long as they pose no threat to others. We cannot turn our backs on what is happening in the upcoming election. Never has there been a presidential candidate who stands in such complete opposition to the ideals of the Star Trek universe as Donald Trump. His election would take this country backward, perhaps disastrously. We need to elect a president who will move this country forward into the kind of future we all dream of: where personal differences are understood and accepted, where science overrules superstition, where people work together instead of against each other.
Going even further, they made it clear they believe voting for a 3rd party candidate is a misguided idea as well:
The resolution of conflicts on Star Trek was never easy. Don’t remain aloof –vote! We have heard people say they will vote Green or Libertarian or not at all because the two major candidates are equally flawed. That is both illogical and inaccurate. Either Secretary Clinton or Mr. Trump will occupy the White House. One is an amateur with a contemptuous ignorance of national laws and international realities, while the other has devoted her life to public service, and has deep and valuable experience with the proven ability to work with Congress to pass desperately needed legislation. If, as some say, the government is broken, a protest vote will not fix it.
They directed voters to rockthevote.com, and concluded with a stirring statement:
Vote for a future of enlightenment and inclusion, a future that will someday lead us to the stars.
The post was signed and endorsed by 110 cast, crew, and family, including producer J.J. Abrams, family members of the late Leonard Nimoy and creator Gene Roddenberry from the original series. Also getting on board: The Next Generation’s Brent Spiner, Wil Wheaton, Gates McFadden, Walter Koenig, and George Takei. Notably missing are William Shatner and Patrick Stewart. Shatner is Canadian and Stewart is British.
The always opinionated William Shatner once said, ‘Trump looks like one of the aliens that assumed human form,’ he told The Post. “(Bernie) Sanders looks like an aged Spock. … (Clinton) looks like one of those girls who wore a short, red skirt and got killed when we landed on the planet.’
Patrick Stewart has already weighed in on Trump:
Made me forget the humidity for a moment. Worth 5 bucks. pic.twitter.com/lRvEoZ31mF
— Patrick Stewart (@SirPatStew) May 11, 2016
Stewart was also quoted as saying:
‘Well, of course, we had no idea that Dreadful Trump would be up to these antics that he is up to now,” Stewart told Vice. “And I call them ‘antics’ because how could they possibly be taken seriously.’
As for the Star Wars Universe, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Oscar Isaac, and Mark Hamill have let it be known they aren’t Trump fans either.
When a Trump fan’s Twitter account tried to imply that the man who played Luke Skywalker was a follower of Trump in June, Hamill tweeted back and shut down the implication that he had endorsed anybody. Hamill recently retweeted a post by Madam President, a pro-Hillary page who is encouraging people to vote.
2 mistakes here: #1: I haven't endorsed anyone #2: Last word in your tweet misspelled- 1st letter should be a "B" https://t.co/QMFvkO9k95
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) June 3, 2016
When a TMZ reporter asked Carrie Fisher who she thought Trump would be if he were a character in the Star Wars Universe, she answered with no hesitation –Jabba the Hutt. Jabba is the enormous slug-like creature who is a corrupt gangster with far-reaching influence in both politics and the criminal underworld.
See Carrie Fisher’s remarks below:
Last year, Harrison Ford made it very clear in a hilarious fashion that he wasn’t a Trump fan in his interview with Angela Bishop. Harrison was also very critical of Trump in another interview, stating,
‘It’s extraordinary, because, to me, he’s dealing in divisiveness, in this business of turning people against each other…What we need is a concept of what it means to be American rather than a freedom coalition Republican or a socialist Democrat. We need a consciousness of what the country needs practically speaking rather than ideologically speaking –to do in the world and at home.’
See Harrison Ford’s interview below:
Another Star Wars actor, Oscar Isaac, who played Poe Dameron in the most recent movie, The Force Awakens, told Rolling Stone that the rise of Donald Trump is ‘definitely irritation.’
‘The problem is it’s less about the guy that’s saying it, and more that he’s being the mouthpiece for a large part of the population. Because that’s me, that’s my family. We’re immigrants. What could be positive about it is that Trump could help to rally a lot of disparate parts of Latin America together. Because Latino is not a race – it’s a culture. There’s Chinese Latinos, there’s very white Latinos, there’s very dark Latinos, there’s black Latinos. There’s all sorts of variants – it’s not one thing,’ Isaac told Rolling Stone.
While not an extensive list, as in the Trek Against Trump statement, the words of these major Star Wars actors is a good indication that they see the path to the dark side in Donald Trump.
Featured image by Marcin Wichary (CC BY-SA 2.0) with Hillary Clinton logo from Wikipedia.