Sunday, July 17, 2016

'I am both delighted and disappointed': George Takei 'clarifies' his comments about Star Trek Beyond's decision to make Sulu gay

He didn't like the original characters being tampered with

The internet erupted after Star Trek veteran George Takei voiced disappointment over the decision to make the character Sulu gay in the upcoming Star Trek Beyond movie.

The 79-year-old however claimed his comments were taken out of context and that he his position is far more nuanced than has been represented so far.

The openly gay actor, who shot to prominence as the original Sulu on Star Trek, wrote a long and passionate essay on Facebook which he posted on Wednesday.

He began by writing, humorously: '[M]any of you have been following the “gay Sulu” story and wanted to know why I’m being such a sourpuss. I’m writing to set the record “straight,” if you will.'

'When the news first broke, 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,' he continued. '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.'

'On the specific question of Sulu being gay, when I was first approached with the concept, I responded that I hoped instead that Gene Roddenberry’s original characters and their backgrounds would be respected. How exciting it would be instead if a new hero might be created, whose story could be fleshed out from scratch, rather than reinvented. To me, this would have been even more impactful.'



Anonymous said...

To me, this would have been even more impactful.'

Homosexuals want to push acceptance of their sexual perversion.

Bird of Paradise said...

Militant gays want to force themselves upon the rest of us though leftists liberal judges and the ACLU

Anonymous said...

Conservative pedophiles abound here.

Spurwing Plover the fighting shorebird said...

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Anonymous said...

I agree with his idea of creating a new character rather than destroying on old one. Whether we like it or not LGBTI is here and we have to deal with it. Lets make it on mutual terms not heir terms. There is no way to roll back the new wave. Better to adapt it to you rather that you to it.

Anonymous said...

Yes 12:00, every population in the entire world has, AND ALWAYS HAD, a significant percentage of homosexually-orientated people - estimated between 5-10% depending on whether closet-cases and/or bisexual people are, or should be, included. Psychologists suggest that many who express a lot of hostility to "homosexuals" or "homosexuality" are themselves harboring doubts about their own sexual attractions.

Gooniebird said...

Sulu was captian of the USS EXCELSIOR NCC 2000 if i do recall

Anonymous said...

Science fiction as a whole is far less structured concerning traditional concepts on gender roles; sexual orientation, and interspecies interaction. In books this was not an issue but as it went to film & TV the government got involved. Trek lost its roots when they decided to redo the timeline much the same as most of the Marvel & DC universes which keep reinventing the same characters to please new audiences and hope some of the old audience will swallow the new offering. The older you get the more you realize that it is all about the Benjamins.