Katy Perry Shares PSA Warning Against History 'Repeating Itself' With Muslim American Registry
The pop singer executive produced and financed the short film.
After Katy Perry's very vocal support for Hillary Clinton throughout her presidential campaign, the pop star is making it clear her activism won't be stopping once Donald Trump takes office.
With plans to attend the Women's March on Washington next week, the pop star is now standing up for Muslim Americans' rights with a new PSA she helped to fund.
Perry executive produced a short film called #DontNormalizeHate, drawing parallels between Trump's promise to establish a registry for Muslims in the country and the mass incarceration of Japanese 120,000 American citizens during World War II. The piece states that a registry would be the first step towards history repeating itself.
#DontNormalizeHate focuses on 89-year-old Haru Kuromiya, telling the story of her family's internment in 1942. She remembers her father being taken away by the FBI, saying no one knew when they would see him again.
Next, her family was put on a registry, given name tags and numbers they had to wear, before being put on a train that they didn't know where it going.
"We were an American farm family now living in an internment camp and our constitutional rights were taken away from us," Kuromiya says in the video. "It all started with fear and rumors, then it bloomed into the registration of Japanese-Americans. And then the labeling with physical tags and, eventually, internment."
Watch it here:
Towards its end the video takes a surreal turn as Kuromiya removes prosthetic makeup to reveal herself as Muslim-American Hina Khan, an actress of Pakistani descent, who looks into the camera and says, "Don't let history repeat itself."
Director Aya Tanimura told the Los Angeles times that Perry essentially gave the production a blank check to pay for the prosthetics materials.
"Katy has always been a champion of the underdog, of minorities, of the people who are kind of left of center, and she's become more politically involved in the last few election cycles," she told the Times. "I think like a lot of us who are terrified of Trump's ideals and policies, she is too. And this is one instance where she's able to help educate someone — even one person — on the horrors of the past and what could potentially be repeated."
Tanimura thanked Perry for her support on Twitter, posting a statement explaining the piece's purpose.