George Takei to Donald Trump: 'I'm Throwing It Down'

The actor offers him a free seat at "Allegiance"
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 27, 2015 5:00 PM CST
Updated Dec 28, 2015 1:00 AM CST

"So, Mr. Trump, I'm throwing it down: come see 'Allegiance.' Unless you're chicken." So says actor and social activist George Takei in a YouTube video inviting Donald Trump to a performance of the musical Allegiance in New York City. The purpose? To show him a portrayal of Japanese-American internment camps during World War II, the New York Post reports. Takei's offer has stood since Trump said he would ban all Muslims from entering the US and told Time he might have supported the internment camps. "I would have had to be there at the time to tell you, to give you a proper answer," he said earlier this month. "I certainly hate the concept of it. But I would have had to be there at the time to give you a proper answer."

Takei, who stars in Allegiance and was in the camps with his family, puts it this way: "If you want to see how tough it was from the comfort of your seat, you can be there with us in the camps and get a glimpse of what it was like for families like mine who were unjustly imprisoned thanks to a politics of fear—much like the one you're campaigning on." Takei has also invited Trump to the musical with tweets like this and started the hashtag #TrumpWatch. The Post says Trump's campaign schedule hasn't allowed him to see the show. (Read more Japanese internment stories.)

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