Of all the people happy to see a gay character being portrayed in Star Trek, you’d think it’d be George Takei.
One would expect him to be pleased especially since the character revealed to be gay in Star Trek Beyond is Hakiru Sulu, the very same character Takei played in the 1960s television series.
But not so.
Takei, who is in a same-sex marriage himself, was not overjoyed with the news that producers chose to make Sulu (played by John Cho) a closeted, married gay man with a daughter.
He told The Hollywood Reporter, “Unfortunately, it’s a twisting of Gene [Roddenberry]’s creation, to which he put in so much thought. I think it’s really unfortunate.”
In 1968, Takei pitched a gay character on Star Trek to Roddenberry, but the late screenwriter and producer explained that he was already pushing the envelope far enough, and that if he pushed it farther, the show might be taken off the air.
So, for Star Trek Beyond, Takei said he tried to push the producers and John Cho away from making Sulu a gay character. He told them, “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.”
One wonders if they should have taken his advice.SuperFable