Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky 2022-05-04 16:02:00 –
In the new series “Strange New Worlds” to be released this week, “Star Trek” is built on its progressive heritage.
Created by Gene Roddenberry over 50 years ago, the Star Trek franchise takes place in a fictional future with spacecraft and intergalactic navigation.
But just as the series navigates its futuristic science-fiction landscape, Roddenberry always makes the show tackle the current battle for peace, disability rights, race and gender equality. Was intended. Infinite variety of combinations. “
“He didn’t keep it a secret, he created these as moral plays and set out to create inclusions during the very urgent civil rights era,” said actress Chase Masterson. I did.
Masterson played the alien Rita in the series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
Like its predecessor, DS9 focused on war and interspecies conflict and was the first franchise led by Avery Brooks’ black captain Benjamin Sisko.
“I am grateful that they are part of the legacy that drives them forward, and it actually draws a picture of a bright future where everyone sits at the table,” Masterson said.
From the original series Nichelle Nichols and George Takei to the “next generation” LeVar Burton and the “Discovery” Michelle Yeoh and Ian Alexander, the franchise has been admired for its history of on-screen expression.
Star Trek’s quest for social issues touched on not only race and gender, but also disability, foreign cultures, and the relationship between humans and technology.
In this year’s “Discovery” series, Stacey Abrams, a voting activist and progressive politician, played the role of President of the Earth.
Off-screen, Abrams described how the series reminded her of the importance of activism.
That interest is shared with other “Star Trek” actors, such as LGBTQ activists George Takei and Masterson. In 2013, she launched a non-profit pop culture hero alliance. It fights bullying at school using stories of justice and heroes in movies and television.
“What started as a small movement in 2013 has become a national program,” Masterson said. “The coalition has set out to end bullying, racism, misogyny, LGBTQI + bullying, cyberbullying and other forms of fraud.”
The organization has partnered with the YMCA to work with 200,000 children nationwide. Masterson says her time at her “Star Trek” inspired her to use her pop culture to help teach her children about diversity and inclusiveness.
“We can display the story of the heroism we love on the screen and do some things in real life,” Masterson said.
The future of Star Trek continues with five shows currently in production, each inviting the audience to a more inclusive world.
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