The cast of Star Trek Discovery kneels in protest

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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ crew takes a knee in solidarity with NFL protests

The photo followed NFL protests throughout the day.


Michelle Jaworski

Internet Culture

Posted on Sep 25, 2017   Updated on May 22, 2021, 4:24 pm CDT

Much of the NFL knelt and linked arms in response to Donald Trump’s comments calling NFL players who disrespected the American flag “son[s] of a bitch” who should be fired, but the movement originally started by Colin Kaepernick to protest police brutality is spreading beyond football stadiums. Stevie Wonder kneeled during a concert over the weekend, and the cast of Star Trek: Discovery showed their solidarity by taking a knee after their show took flight.

Star Sonequa Martin-Green shared a photo of herself with some of her castmates—including Michelle Yeoh, Anthony Rapp, Akiva Goldsman, and Shazad Latif—taking a knee after Discovery’s series premiere. She kept the caption simple with the hashtags #StarTrekDiscovery and #takeaknee.

Although he wasn’t present for the photo, Martin-Green’s Star Trek: Discovery co-star Jason Isaacs expressed earlier Sunday that he’d take a knee “in the spirit of Gene Roddenbery” if he could.

Star Trek has a long legacy of addressing social and political issues through the lens of its inclusive crew, and Discovery—which already faced criticism for casting a Black woman in a leading role—will be no different. But now the crew of the Discovery are doing it both on and off the ship.

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*First Published: Sep 25, 2017, 10:35 am CDT