Zachary Quinto isn’t pleased with George Takei’s reaction to Sulu being gay in “Star Trek Beyond.” Addressing Takei’s response to the news — which he called “unfortunate” — Quinto expressed disappointment over Takei’s opinion.
“As a member of the LGBT community myself, I was disappointed by the fact that George was disappointed,” Quinto, who plays Spock in the current franchise, told Pedestrian.TV (via TVLine). “I get it that he has had his own personal journey and has his own personal relationship with this character, but… as we established in the first ‘Star Trek’ film in 2009, we’ve created an alternate universe.”
Quinto added, “My hope is that eventually George can be strengthened by the enormously positive response from especially young people who are heartened by and inspired by this really tasteful and beautiful portrayal of something that I think is gaining acceptance and inclusion in our societies across the world, and should be.”
Takei argues that an entirely new LGBT character should’ve been created for the film, rather than an established one that “Star Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry was “exhaustive” in conceiving.
“Beyond” co-writer and star Simon Pegg defended his choice, telling the Guardian, “[We] loved the idea of it being someone we already knew because the audience have 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.”
Directed by Justin Lin, “Star Trek Beyond” beams into theaters July 22.
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