It sounds like a joke – Trekkies Against Torture. Of course, torture is no joke, but Star Trek can be laughable at times, and Trekkies, the avid fans of Star Trek, have been the butt of many jokes over the years.
I won’t laugh at this organization. Later this year, a new Star Trek film is going to be released, and it’s being produced and directed by J.J. Abrams, a man with a long history of producing “entertainment” that justifies the use of torture.
Many Trekkies are horrified at the idea of a Star Trek movie that glorifies torture, given the understanding that Gene Roddenberry had a vision of a progressive future free from cruelty and violence. So, they’re organizing a campaign to pressure those connected with the Star Trek movie’s production to stay true to the original vision of Gene Roddenberry, and not descend into a revenge obsessed bloodbath.
The Trekkies Against Torture site explains:
“Today the US is in a human rights crisis. The public knowledge of torture by US agents and the curtailing of fundamental rights cloaked under the guise of the “war on terror” is frankly a nightmare. The use of torture by those working for the US government is not new. But the public acceptance of it is shocking! Sadly, popular culture and the media have not confronted the crisis and instead shows like 24 and ALIAS have used the “War on Terror” as a backdrop for their stories. And instead of confronting the disgusting behavior of an Administration defending its use of torture and ignoring the Geneva Conventions, these TV shows generate fear, anger, feelings of revenge and righteousness. That is NOT Star Trek.”
Good for these Trekkies. I don’t share their obsession with all things Star Trek, but I respect their interest in applying the best aspects of their personal interests in order to promote the quality of life we enjoy in the real world.
Make it so, guys.