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George Takei Clarifies His Comments on Star Trek's 'Gay Sulu'

George Takei has taken to his Facebook account to release a lengthy statement clarifying his previous comments about “gay Sulu” in Star Trek Beyond.

The 79-year-old actor previously said that it was “unfortunate” that his classic character is gay in the new film franchise, despite himself being openly gay and a supporter of the LGBT community.

“I gave a lengthy telephone interview, but the headlines have been misleading. Apparently, controversy makes for better sales! Let me be clear: I am not disappointed that there is a gay character in Star Trek,” George said in his new statement. “On the contrary, as I made clear, I am delighted that the Star Trek franchise has addressed this issue, which is truly one of diversity. It is thrilling to know that future generations will not see LGBTs go wholly unrepresented in the Trek universe.”

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Zachary Quinto Reacts to George Takei's Gay Sulu Comments

Zachary Quinto is opening up about his disappointment with George Takei‘s criticism of the character Sulu being gay in Star Trek Beyond.

The legendary actor, who originated the role in the television series, said that it was “unfortunate” for the character to be gay in the new film.

“I find as a member of the LGBT community myself… I was disappointed by the fact that George was disappointed. You know, I think any member of the LGBT community that takes issue with the normalized and positive portray of members of our community in Hollywood and in mainstream blockbuster cinema… I get it, that he’s had his own personal journey and has his own personal relationship with this character. But, you know, as we established in the first Star Trek film in 2009, we’ve created an alternate universe,” Zachary told Pedestrian.tv.

“My hope is that eventually George can be strengthened by the enormously positive response from especially young people who are heartened by and inspired by this really tasteful and beautiful portrayal of something that I think is gaining acceptance and inclusion in our societies across the world, and should be,” Zach continued. Watch the video below.

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Simon Pegg 'Respectfully' Disagrees With George Takei Calling Gay Sulu 'Unfortunate'

Simon Pegg has responded to George Takei‘s criticizing comments about the decision to make his old character Sulu – now played by John Cho – openly gay in the new movie Star Trek Beyond.

“I’m delighted that there’s a gay character,” George expressed. “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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“I have huge love and respect for George Takei, his heart, courage and humor are an inspiration,” Simon, who stars as Scotty and also co-wrote the latest addition, wrote in a statement (via THR). “However, with regards to his thoughts on our Sulu, I must respectfully disagree with him.”

“He’s right, it is unfortunate, it’s unfortunate that the screen version of the most inclusive, tolerant universe in science fiction hasn’t featured an LGBT character until now,” Simon added. “We could have introduced a new gay character, but he or she would have been primarily defined by their sexuality, seen as the ‘gay character’, rather than simply for who they are, and isn’t that tokenism? I like this idea because it suggests that in a hypothetical multiverse, across an infinite matrix of alternate realities, we are all LGBT somewhere. Whatever dimension we inhabit, we all just want to be loved by those we love (and I love George Takei). I can’t speak for every reality but that must surely true of this one. Live long and prosper.”

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.”

Samuel L. Jackson, Walton Goggins & More Hit NYC for Film Critics Circle Awards 2015!

Samuel L. Jackson and Walton Goggins get together for a photograph on the red carpet while attending the 2015 New York Film Critics Circle Awards held at TAO Downtown on Monday (January 4) in New York City.

The 67-year-old actor and his 44-year-old Hateful Eight co-star were joined by Michael Keaton, Alec Baldwin and his wife Hilaria, George Takei, Paul Haggis and David Hyde Pierce.

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Carol swept the ceremony with four awards, including Best Picture, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematographer for Edward Lachman, and Best Director for Todd Haynes.

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Sarah Paulson & Girlfriend Holland Taylor Hold Hands at 'Fiddler on the Roof' Opening Night!

Sarah Paulson holds hands with her girlfriend Holland Taylor while attending the opening night of Fiddler On the Roof held at the Broadway Theatre on Sunday (December 20) in New York City.

The 41-year-old American Horror Story star and 72-year-old Two and a Half Men actress were joined at the event by Jonathan Groff, Michael Urie, Jeffrey Tambor, Bob Saget and his daughter Lara Melanie Saget, Tony Shalhoub, Molly Ringwald, Candice Bergen, Judith Light, George Takei and Constantine Maroulis.

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Sarah Paulson & Holland Taylor Couple Up with Neil Patrick Harris At 'School Of Rock' Broadway Opening!

Sarah Paulson and her girlfriend Holland Taylor get together with Neil Patrick Harris and hubby David Burtka while attending the Broadway opening night of School Of Rock held at the Winter Garden Theatre on Sunday (December 6) in New York City.

The happy couples were joined at the event by Helen Mirren, Laverne Cox, Nolan Gerard Funk, Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, Elizabeth McGovern and George Takei.

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News broke earlier this month that Sarah, 40, and Holland, 72, have been dating so it seems things are still going strong.

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