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.