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George Takei: It's 'unfortunate' Sulu's gay in 'Star Trek', Simon Pegg disagrees

8 July 2016 11:22 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

For many Star Trek fans, it was major news when John Cho announced that his character, Hikaru Sulu, will be revealed as gay in Star Trek Beyond. But the original Sulu, George Takei, was not pleased to hear the news, this despite the fact that he’s gay and an advocate of Lgbt rights. "Unfortunately, it’s a twisting of Gene’s [Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry] creation, to which he put in so much thought. I think it’s really unfortunate,” Takei told While Takei did say that he’s “delighted” to have a gay character in the movie, he might just have a point that, of all the characters on the Enterprise, it shouldn’t have been Sulu. While Sulu never had a romantic relationship during the show’s three-year run, he did father a child, Demora. She appeared in the 1994 movie Star Trek: Generations (played by Jacqueline Kim) and also »

- David Eckstein

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George Takei Is Disappointed in Gay Sulu, Simon Pegg Responds

8 July 2016 10:27 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Yesterday, we reported that Paramount's upcoming sci-fi sequel Star Trek Beyond will make history by revealing John Cho's Hikaru Sulu as the first gay character in franchise history. In the original Star Trek TV series, Sulu was played by George Takei, who had to keep his homosexuality a secret while working on the show, before coming out in 2005. Shortly after it was revealed that this new big-screen Sulu was gay, George Takei spoke out about this revelation, calling it "unfortunate."

"I'm delighted that there's a gay character. Unfortunately, it's a twisting of Gene's creation, to which he put in so much thought. I think it's really unfortunate."

The actor went on to add that he first learned about Sulu's new sexual orientation from John Cho himself, but he wanted the filmmakers to create a new gay character, instead of turning a character that had already been established as straight, »

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‘Star Trek Beyond’: George Takei Reacts To ‘Unfortunate’ News of Gay Character

8 July 2016 6:14 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Star Trek Beyond” will make history by being the first Star Trek film featuring a gay character, but George Takei, the most famous openly gay actor from the original show, is not pleased that his character of Sulu was chosen for that milestone.

“I’m delighted that there’s a gay character,” Takei told THR. “Unfortunately, it’s a twisting of Gene [Roddenberry’s] creation, to which he put in so much thought. I think it’s really unfortunate.” Actor Jon Cho plays Sulu for third time in the film, which hits theaters July 22.

Why is Takei disappointed in the decision? Roddenberry had always seen Sulu as a heterosexual character, the actor said, citing the fact that Sulu had fathered a daughter named Demora, who appeared in the 1994 film “Star Trek Generations” and was played by actress Jacqueline Kim. “It was, to put it crudely, a one-night stand with a glamazon,” Takei told THR. »

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