by Andrew Badinelli, National Review
Last Thursday, actor John Cho announced that Hikaru Sulu — helmsman of the USS Enterprise in Star Trek, whom Cho portrays in the reboot — is gay. But worry not, says the writer-director team, the declaration is not a cheap ploy to boost publicity or viewership or to advance a certain political narrative. No, instead, it is a way to pay homage to George Takei, the gay LGBT activist who played the original Sulu 50 years ago.
There’s just one tiny problem with the homage rationale: George Takei thinks that changing Sulu’s sexual orientation is “really unfortunate” and twists Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry’s original vision for the character. Whoops.
This effort to change the sexuality of a long-known character isn’t a new phenomenon. Over the past few years, progressive activists have been pushing for classic characters to be “reimagined” as a way to increase the representation of both LGBT people and women in cinema.
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