George Takei is setting the record straight.
Though “delighted” there was an openly gay character in the Star Trek universe, the actor and LGBT activist said it was “really unfortunate” that the rebooted films altered the background of the original character.
On Wednesday, he wrote:
“I hoped instead that [Star Trek creator] Gene Roddenberry‘s original characters and their backgrounds would be respected. How exciting it would be instead if a new hero might be created, whose story could be fleshed out from scratch, rather than reinvented. To me, this would have been even more impactful.”
Takei said that he was “flattered” that the Sulu decision was an homage to his own LGBT activism, and asserted his remarks were just “about being true to Gene’s vision and storytelling.”
The OG Sulu also gave well wishes to his predecessor John Cho, who plays Sulu in Beyond, and Simon Pegg, who wrote the film and stars as Scotty.
“I wish John Cho well in the role I once played, and congratulate Simon Pegg on his daring and groundbreaking storytelling. While I would have gone with the development of a new character in this instance, I do fully understand and appreciate what they are doing ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ as ever, boldly going where no one has gone before.”
We guess Takei will just have to deal with the progressive change while the rest of us welcomes gay Sulu with open arms!
Read his full post (below)!
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