Broadway Allegiance star George Takei issued a statement expressing shock and anger at comments by Carl Higbie, a member of President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team, saying that the World War II internment of Japanese-Americans was a “precedent” for the proposed registry of Muslims in America in the new administration.
The 2015 musical Allegiance is based on the experiences of Takei’s family, who were placed in an internment camp during the war with Japan, along with some 120,000 other Japanese-Americans. Though several members of Takei’s family had emigrated from Japan, all had become American citizens, and the younger generation, also interned, was born in this country. The musical was filmed and is scheduled to be screened nationally December 13.
“The Japanese-American internment was an egregious violation of our national values and principles, a terrible event for which Congress apologized in 1988,” Takei declared in a statement shared with Playbill.com. "To invoke that dark chapter as a precedent for any action against any minorities today is a morally bankrupt and dangerous step, completely out-of-bounds with contemporary notions of civil and human rights."
Hear Higbie’s comments here:
Expressing “shock” at Higbie’s comments, Takei said that “it is more important than ever that the story of the internment be told and heard. We must remain vigilant and mindful of our past mistakes, so that history does not repeat itself. Trump’s rhetoric and plans to profile Muslims indicate that he has not learned the folly of the internment, nor the forces of fear and prejudice that propelled it.”
Takei said in his statement that over the next few days he and the producers of Allegiance will formally invite all mayors, state legislators, governors, and US Representatives and Senators in each of the currently programmed locations to attend a screening of Allegiance.
Tickets for the 7:30 PM December 13 screening of George Takei’s Allegiance: The Broadway Musical On The Big Screen can be purchased online from www.FathomEvents.com or at participating cinema box offices. That link will also show a list of the participating cinemas.