Star Trek has revealed that one of its key characters is in fact gay, character Hikaru Sulu who is played by actor John Cho will be showing that he is a homosexual in the upcoming sequel Star Trek Beyond.

Star Trek original actor George Takei doesn’t agree with the decision

The decision was made by Simon Pegg, who is a British actor and is one of the script writers for the Movies. Many fans were delighted by the revelation and think that it is a great move for Star Trek, however one person who is not a fan is actor George Takei who originally played the character of Sulu. Takei has revealed that he thinks that it is a bad decision and that it is “really unfortunate”, he commented saying that he thought that it would have been better to introduce a new character who has a history of being gay.

Arguably, it does work well though as Sulu’s sexuality has never been specifically addressed and so is down to interpretation.

Star Trek’s Simon Pegg thinks the LGBT should have been acknowledged in Star Trek before now

Pegg has responded to Takei’s opinion saying “I have huge love and respect for George Takei, his heart, courage and humour are an inspiration. However, with regards to his thoughts on our Sulu, I must respectfully disagree with him.” Pegg went on to say “He’s right, it is unfortunate that the screen version of the most inclusive, tolerant universe in science fiction hasn’t featured an LGBT character until now. We could have introduced a new gay character, but he or she would have been primarily defined by their sexuality, seen as the ‘gay character’, rather than simply for who they are, and isn’t that tokenism?” If anything it is slightly strange for Takei to have this opinion as he himself is a homosexual, though he had to hide it at the beginning of his career for fear of prejudice.

Simon Pegg, who plays ‘Scotty’ and is a co-writer went on to explain his decision, he said “Justin Lin, Doug Jung, and I loved the idea of it being someone we already knew because the audience has a pre-existing opinion of that character as a human being, unaffected by any prejudice. Their sexual orientation is just one of many personal aspects, not the defining characteristic.

Also, the audience would infer that there has been an LGBT presence in the Trek Universe from the beginning, that a gay hero isn’t something new or strange. It’s also important to note that at no point do we suggest that our Sulu was ever closeted...it just hasn’t come up before.

Fans are interested to see how the film will play out and to learn more about Sulu’s love life.

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