From the cutting room floor, we bring you extra footage from our two-part interview with George Takei. In the first half, he told us about his time in a Japanese internment camp, which inspired the new musical, “Allegiance.” In part two, he reminisced about life on the USS Enterprise and his fight for LGBT rights. Keep scrolling for a few clips on topics from the presidential election to Martin Luther King, Jr. that didn’t make it on air.
A response to Trump’s call for ban on Muslims
Takei draws comparisons between the “hysteria” that drove the internment of Japanese Americans in 1942 and presidential Republican candidate Donald Trump’s recent comments about barring Muslims from the U.S.
Recalling California AG’s role in the ‘Get ride of the Japs’ Movement
After Japan’s surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, Americans grew fearful of those who emigrated from the Asian country. As a result, the U.S. government permitted the military to detain any Japanese Americans without due process. More than 120,000 men women and children of Japanese descent, including Takei, were ordered in to concentration camps across the country. Takei told us about his time in an internment camp, which inspired the new Broadway show, “Allegiance.”
That time Takei walked with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The ‘Star Trek’ kiss that broke barriers
While there is debate whether the smooch between Capt. Kirk and Lt. Uhara was the very first interracial kiss on TV, the scene is still considered a major moment in American television history. In part two of our interview, Takei tells us even more about the ground-breaking roles and plot lines on ‘Star Trek.’