His Facebook post began, “I’m writing this backstage at Allegiance, my heart heavy with the news from Paris, aching for the victims and their families and friends.” Takei continued to state there “will be those who look upon immigrants and refugees as the enemy as a result of these attacks, because they look like those who perpetrated these attacks, just as peaceful Japanese Americans were viewed as the enemy after Pearl Harbor.”
The former Star Trek star pleaded, “we must resist the urge to categorize and dehumanize, for it is that very impulse that fueled the insanity and violence perpetrated this evening. Tonight, hold your loved ones, and pray or wish for peace, not only from guns and bombs, but from hatred and fear. If it is our freedom and joy they seek to destroy, give them not that victory. Against the forces of darkness and terror, love and compassion shall always prevail.”
Horror author Stephen King echoed this sentiment, tweeting, “Hating all Muslims for what happened in Paris is like hating all Christians because of the gay-hating Westboro Baptist Church.”
At least 129 people were killed after a series of coordinated attacks in Paris on Friday. ISIS claimed responsibility for the tragedy, and France’s President François Hollande said the country would be “ruthless” in its response.
Meanwhile, President Obama called the incident “an attack on all of humanity,” while celebrities like Stephen Colbert, Bill Maher, Viola Davis, Gwendoline Christie, J.K. Rowling, and Kevin Spacey are included among the outpouring of responses.