As many fear what life during a Trump presidency will look like, especially in reference to the President-elect’s clear anti-Muslim stance, a new PSA produced by Katy Perry highlights the parallels between the WWII internment of Japanese-Americans and Donald Trump’s racist rhetoric.
Katy Perry served as executive-producer of the PSA, but it was directed by Aya Tanimura, a filmmaker of Australian and Japanese descent, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The video shares the story of a Japanese-American, Haru Kuromiya, that was taken out of her home in Riverside, California, along with her family, and forced to move to the Manzanar internment camp following a direct order of the American government. The PSA highlights the fact that this is the very thing that Muslim Americans feel could happen to them living under President Trump.
Kuromiya can be heard in the PSA explaining, “my entire family was put on a registry. Our constitutional rights were taken away from us.”
Halfway through the video, however, a twist is revealed to highlight the relevance of Kuromiya’s message. As the LA Times reports, Tanimura worked with Tony Gardner, a special effects artist, to make prosthetics and actually cast Pakistani actress Hina Khan for the role.
In order to cover the cost of the prosthetics, the filmmakers reached out to Katy Perry, who handed them a blank check upon being asked.
Tanimura explained Perry’s involvement to the Times, saying,“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.”