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If there’s one thing that Star Trek has always been about, it’s working toward a better future — and also, a more tolerant one. (It is the birthplace of Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations, after all.) That might make it less of a surprise that cast, crew and other veterans of the Trek movies, TV shows and spinoff material have written an open letter denouncing Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
“We cannot turn our backs on what is happening in the upcoming election,” reads the letter, co-signed by more than 100 actors, writers and directors connected to the franchise, including J.J. Abrams, Bryan Fuller, Chris Pine, Simon Pegg, George Takei and John Cho. The letter was posted in a Facebook group titled Trek Against Trump. “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.”
Elsewhere the letter argues in favor of a vote for Hillary Clinton over a third-party candidate: “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. … If, as some say, the government is broken, a protest vote will not fix it.”
A note on the group’s Facebook page makes it clear that the group is “not endorsed, sponsored or affiliated with CBS Studios Inc., Paramount Pictures Corp or the Star Trek franchise” — a necessary disclaimer if the campaign wishes to continue to live long and prosper, no matter how many Trek movers and shakers sign on to endorse the message.