George Takei not thrilled with news of gay Sulu


After the news broke this morning about Star Trek’s iconic officer Hikaru Sulu’s sexual orientation in Star Trek Beyond, Star Trek fans were, not surprisingly, quick to share their opinions. But no one’s opinion should probably carry more weight than that man who originated the role of Sulu in the original Star Trek television series, George Takei.

Although the move to make Sulu gay was no doubt an homage to Takei himself, an openly gay man, when asked by The Hollywood Reporter, Takei said that he was not in favor of making Sulu gay. Rather, he would have preferred that they introduce a new character into the Star Trek universe that was gay.

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

Star Trek has long been a standard bearer for highlighting progressive points of view in popular culture, including the first on-screen interracial kiss. And creator Gene Roddenberry is well known for exploring controversial topics through the Star Trek universe. Although the move may not have the specific blessing of Takei, it will still no doubt be an interesting direction to take this iconic character.

Star Trek Beyond opens in theaters everywhere on July 22, 2016.

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