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Friday, July 8, 2016

LGBT advocate George Takei, the original and best Mr. Sulu is disappointed the character will be made gay in Star Trek Beyond

Presumably, in the enlightened 23rd Century, there would be no need for a gay person to be 'closeted,' which undermines much of the rationale for revealing Mr. Sulu as having secretly been gay in the latest installment of the Star Trek reboot.

George Takei, the originator of the role and one of the world's most prominent LGBT activists, is also opposed to a gay Mr. Sulu.
...“I’m delighted that there’s a gay character,” Takei toldTHR. “Unfortunately, it’s a twisting of Gene’s creation, to which he put in so much thought. I think it’s really unfortunate.” Takei is referring here to Gene Roddenberry, the creator of Star Trek, whom he says was painstakingly thorough in his character development, which included a vision for Sulu as heterosexual...

But Takei didn’t envision it would be his own character who would end the franchise’s streak of LGBT invisibility, and he said as much to John Cho, who plays Sulu in the new trilogy, when they discussed the idea last year. He believed it made more sense to create a new character who has always been gay, rather than bringing Sulu out of a presumed closet. He hoped Star Trek Beyond writer Simon Pegg and director Justin Lin would take this direction and expressed disappointment upon learning that they had not...
However, the trailer for Star Trek Beyond suggests that which sex Sulu finds enticing is the least of the problems that movie will have in finding an audience. 

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