More than 100 Star Trek castmates, crew members, and families of the same have endorsed an open letter calling for fans of the series to throw their support behind Hillary Clinton in the upcoming presidential election. The endorsements cover every single Star Trek series, as well as the films, with George Takei, Brent Spiner, René Auberjonois, Kate Mulgrew, Scott Bakula, and J.J. Abrams all adding their names to the list.
Put together by a group calling itself “Trek Against Trump,” the letter dials down hard on the show’s original vision of a utopian future, saying “Never has there been a presidential candidate who stands in such complete opposition to the ideals of the Star Trek universe as Donald Trump.” It also goes after those who would refuse to vote, calling out statements that both candidates are “equally bad” as “illogical and inaccurate.” It ends with a call for voter registration, especially from young fans of the series, sending them to the registration help site Rock The Vote.
Unsurprisingly, given the current political climate, response to the petition has been mixed. Liberal-leaning fans cheered the letter on, while more conservative ones decried the betrayal. Meanwhile, outsiders to the fight took the time to stir up rivalries even more bitter than the ones currently raging between the American right and the left: