This is what really irritates me, too. I read an article where they called up Takei and told him that they were making Sulu gay in tribute to Takei. George Takei told them "no, don't do that." Yes, George Takei is gay, but he's been adamant for years that Sulu is straight. To make him gay, in his opinion, would actually dishonor Gene Roddenberry's memory.Perhaps paradoxically, George Takei is against it. Apparently he felt it would have been better to introduce a new character if they wanted to have someone be gay. I imagine he feels that way for the same reason I do: It's already been established that Sulu liked girls.
That's how I feel about it as well. I would rather have a new character than an existing one, but at this point, the reboots already alienated me (Into Darkness being just as shameless and tired a retread of Wrath of Khan as The Force Awakens was of the original trilogy). Here's to hoping the new show handles this in a more subtle way.We all assumed it was only a matter of time before Trek started having openly gay characters... It's all the rage in Hollywood these days. The problem is to do a retcon on a previously straight character feels like a contrived political move rather than a natural reflection of contemporary culture. It's like they're saying "LOOK HOW PROGRESSIVE WE ARE! WE'RE MAKING THIS WELL KNOWN CHARACTER GAY! SEE? WE HAVE LGBT CRED!"
Just saw it myself. They handled Sulu well.They did well. Just as I hoped.
And yes, the movie overall was pretty AWESOME
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