Flip and find out why the original Sulu played by George Takei is Unhappy that Hikaru Sulu Is Gay…
When an openly gay man like George Takei says he is disappointed with the development of his character, it speaks LOUD!
We agree with George Takei. Why is Sulu gay?
This is NOT what Gene Roddenberry, Star Trek’s creator, would have wanted.
We understand adding a character who is gay, but it would have been better to have a new character in the film as the gay character NOT Sulu. It’s almost offensive if you ask us!
However, Takei told THR:
“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.”
George first heard of Sulu’s change in sexuality from John Cho, who plays the modern-day incarnation of the helmsman in an alternate timeline to the original series.
“I told him, ‘Be imaginative and create a character who has a history of being gay, rather than Sulu, who had been straight all this time, suddenly being revealed as being closeted.’”
After John’s email, George then had contact with Star Trek Beyond’s director Justin Lin, who confirmed Sulu’s sexuality in the alternate timeline.
George remained opposed to the decision to write Sulu as gay in the new timeline:
”I said, ‘This movie is going to be coming out on the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, the 50th anniversary of paying tribute to Gene Roddenberry, the man whose vision it was carried us through half a century. Honor him and create a new character. I urged them. He left me feeling that was going to happen.”
After that, it all went quiet. Then George received an email from Simon Pegg, who plays Montgomery “Scotty” Scott, “praising me for my advocacy for the LGBT movement and for my pride in Star Trek.”
Sounds like Hollywood politics!
George was apparently convinced at this moment that they had decided to re-think Sulu’s sexuality. NOPE that didn’t happen.
“And I thought to myself, ‘How wonderful! It’s a fan letter from Simon Pegg. Justin [the director] had talked to him!’”
That was until he received a another email, this time from John, saying that Sulu’s new sexuality is bound to come up in press interviews. It was then, George realized that no matter how he felt, Pegg and Justin Lin were going to do what they wanted. According to George they decided to take liberties and change character backgrounds which might PISS OFF die-hard Star Trek fans since the franchise has had a solid following before Simon Pegg and Justin Lin were born.
A confused and dumb-founded George told The Hollywood Reporter:
“I really tried to work with these people when at long last the issue of gay equality was going to be addressed.”
“I thought after that conversation with Justin that was going to happen. Months later, when I got that email from Simon Pegg, I was kind of confused. He thinks I’m a great guy? Wonderful. But what was the point of that letter? I interpreted that as my words having been heard.”
Star Trek Beyond comes out later this month, with the returning star cast of Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Zoe Saldana at the helm of the USS Enterprise, with singer Rihanna on the soundtrack.
Do you agree with Sulu being gay? We are NOT happy about the direction of Sulu. We support George Takei!
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