The Star Trek Character Sulu, originally played by George Takei, is now “officially” gay. After decades of wondering, and hoping, and desiring, gay men everywhere can rejoice that Sulu is now part of the family.
According to The Herald Sun:
Helmsman of the USS Enterprise, Hikaru Sulu, played by John Cho, is shown in the new film Star Trek Beyond as the loving father of a daughter with a same sex partner. And in typical trailblazing Trek fashion, it’s just not a big deal.
Cho visited Sydney to promote the third movie in the franchise successfully rebooted by JJ Abrams in 2009, along with cast mates Chris Pine (Captain Kirk), Zachary Quinto (Spock), Karl Urban (Dr McCoy) and director Justin Lin. He said the decision by writer Simon Pegg and Lin to make Sulu gay was a nod to George Takei, who played the character in the original 1960s series, and was a sign of what he hoped were changing times.
“I liked the approach, which was not to make a big thing out it, which is where I hope we are going as a species, to not politicise one’s personal orientations,” said Cho.
Celebrating its 50th year, the Star Trek franchise has long broken new ground on film and TV, and in 1968 famously featured the first interracial kiss ever screened on US TV. Takei, who has gone on to become a prominent activist for LGBTIQ rights, dared not reveal his sexuality at the time for fear of ruining his career in a much more closed-minded time.
“If I wanted to work as an actor I had to keep it a secret,” Takei told News Corp last year. “Back then I couldn’t marry a white person — that was against the law here, miscegenation. But now I am married to a white dude so we have changed.”
Watch the trailer for Star Trek Beyond after the jump…