Takei of course is the actor who originated the role of Sulu on Star Trek, and came out as gay many years later. Now, in the upcoming Trek movie, Sulu will be gay too.
Surprisingly, Takei opposes the change, saying it twists Gene Roddenberry’s original vision, and they should have created a new character who’s gay.
But Simon Pegg, who plays Scotty in the movie and who worked on the script, says that would have been tokenism. By making a major character gay, it’s shown as being just part of his identity, whereas a new character would have primarily been identified as “the gay guy.”
Based on articles, I don’t get a sense Sulu’s sexuality is going to be significant to the story.
Maybe Sulu was always gay, even in the original series and the movies, and it just never came up.
As for twisting the original vision: Too much reverence for the original and its creators is a handicap for sequels and adaptations, and that’s a particular problem on Trek. Star Trek often takes itself too damn seriously. The show should be serious about its stories, but not about itself.
American Family Association, you’re doing it wrong.
“We’ve already had people testing this, going into Targets and men trying to go into bathrooms. There is absolutely no barrier,” said an American Family Association leader.
And there’s no barrier to men using women’s bathrooms even without the Target regulations. Men can use women’s bathrooms anytime, and nothing bad will happen to the men. I’ve done it myself! And recently! Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria!
Growing up, I worshiped all things “girly.” Today, children who self-express in that way might be politely, clinically described as “gender nonconforming.” But in the ’80s, the words you were more likely to hear were “soft,” “sissy,” “punk” and, of course, the ubiquitous homophobic slur “f–––––.” That’s the put-down that was first said — shouted, actually — to my face when I was 7 years old. It hurt.
There was nothing my mom, or any mother, could have done to prevent the experience — if you’re openly gay, it almost always happens eventually — but what she did before and after took some of the sting out.
He says he loved Star Wars but rewrote it in his mind so Princess Leia was the hero. That shouldn’t even be labeled “gender nonconforming.” Why shouldn’t Princess Leia be the hero?
Some things are more important than a rock show and this fight against prejudice and bigotry — which is happening as I write — is one of them. It is the strongest means I have for raising my voice in opposition to those who continue to push us backwards instead of forwards.