Star Trek has beaten Star Wars in the race (yes, there was a race according to some hardcore fans) to have the first openly gay character. While we all hope that one day sexual orientation in fictional characters won’t be so headline grabbing, today is not that day. In fact, today we can celebrate.
Star Trek has always been known and praised for bringing political and philosophical issues to the big and small screens so it is with much pride that they are continuing that mission. John Cho, who plays Hikaru Sulu in the reboot movies (also called the Kelvin Timeline) said that screenwriter Simon Pegg and director Justin Lin wanted to honor George Takei who originally played Sulu in Star Trek the Original Series. While Takei’s Sulu never had a romantic partner, he did have a daughter. In Star Trek: Beyond, Cho’s Sulu will be raising a daughter with a same sex partner.
One of the many wonderful aspects of this is that Sulu’s sexuality will not be a big deal in the film, according to Cho’s interview with the Herald Sun, “I liked the approach, which was not to make a big thing out it. Which is where I hope we are going as a species, to not politicize one’s personal orientations.”
Thank you Star Trek for always boldly going forward!
source: Vanity Fair
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