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Sulu is Gay in 'Star Trek Beyond,' George Takei Calls it 'Unfortunate'

Sulu is Gay in 'Star Trek Beyond,' George Takei Calls it 'Unfortunate'

George Takei has reacted to the news that his classic character Sulu is revealed to be gay in the new movie Star Trek Beyond.

John Cho plays the role in the current film franchise and he said the character development is a nod to Takei, who is openly gay in real life.

“I liked the approach, which was not to make a big thing out of it, which is where I hope we are going as a species, to not politicize one’s personal orientations,” John told the Herald Sun.

While most people seem to be excited over the first openly gay character in the franchise, George has called it “unfortunate” as it was not part of creator Gene Roddenerry‘s original vision.

“He was a strong supporter of LGBT equality,” George told THR. “But he said he has been pushing the envelope and walking a very tight rope — and if he pushed too hard, the show would not be on the air.”

“I’m delighted that there’s a gay character,” he added. “Unfortunately, it’s a twisting of Gene’s creation, to which he put in so much thought. I think it’s really unfortunate.”

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  • Melvin T Pelvis

    Didn’t know Gene so can’t speculate how he would have adjusted to today’s openness and acceptance.
    He was born in a different era and that may have colored his views.
    But instead of being anti this or that, he just may been just very resistant to change. Which I believe happens to many people to varying degrees.
    Or he may have embraced it with open arms.
    He was a futurist after all.

  • Melvin T Pelvis

    Didn’t know Gene so can’t speculate how he would have adjusted to today’s openness and acceptance.
    He was born in a different era and that may have colored his views.
    But instead of being anti this or that, he just may been just very resistant to change. Which I believe happens to many people to varying degrees.
    Or he may have embraced it with open arms.
    He was a futurist after all.

  • Rose Ryan

    He probably would have adjusted, but I don’t think that’s the point being made. Just because a character can be made Gay in a film doesn’t necessarily mean you should. George is probably talking from the standpoint of being true to Gene’s legacy. Sulu wasn’t Gay in any form produced by the creator, so why should he be Gay now just because it’s more widely accepted? The question isn’t one I’m asking personally, but rhetorical.

  • Melvin T Pelvis

    I get that, but it but (to borrow a phrase from a character from the series) it is “interesting” to speculate about.

  • Melvin T Pelvis

    I get that, but it but (to borrow a phrase from a character from the series) it is “interesting” to speculate about.

  • lala mood

    So dumb, the movies take place in an alternate universe. The movies have been completely different from the show for example uhura and spock dating. Disappointed in takei’s response.

  • Rose Ryan

    and logical. :-)

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  • http://eternalozzie.com/ eternalozzie

    what an odd response … i thought it was a nice gesture to George and the LGBT community.

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