Turns Out George Takei Hates This Gay Sulu Business, Awkward
“Does girl look like she has time for this ish?”
After releasing the most boring Rihanna video ever made with the chorus “I hit a wall” barely two weeks after Anton Yelchin was literally killed by a wall, the brain trust in charge of Star Trek Beyond’s marketing proved they’ve only just begun to shit their pants by making a big deal yesterday about John Cho’s Sulu being gay to honor George Takei, the original Sulu who’s gay in real life. Which might’ve been a great marketing coup except for the fact that OG Sulu specifically told both John Cho and director Justin Lin not to do any of this and is actually pretty pissed. THR reports:
Except Takei wasn’t overjoyed. He had never asked for Sulu to be gay. In fact, he’d much prefer that he stay straight. “I’m delighted that there’s a gay character,” he tells The Hollywood Reporter. “Unfortunately, it’s a twisting of Gene’s creation, to which he put in so much thought. I think it’s really unfortunate.“
Turns out George Takei was approached a year ago and twice went, “Dude, what the fuck? Do not do that.”
Takei first learned of Sulu’s recent same-sex leanings last year, when Cho called him to reveal the big news. Takei tried to convince him to make a new character gay instead. “I told him, ‘Be imaginative and create a character who has a history of being gay, rather than Sulu, who had been straight all this time, suddenly being revealed as being closeted.'” (Takei had enough negative experiences inside the Hollywood closet, he says, and strongly feels a character who came of age in the 23rd century would never find his way inside one.)
Not long after Cho’s bombshell call came another, this one from Lin, again informing that Sulu was indeed to be gay in Star Trek Beyond. Takei remained steadfastly opposed to the decision.
“I said, ‘This movie is going to be coming out on the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, the 50th anniversary of paying tribute to Gene Roddenberry, the man whose vision it was carried us through half a century. Honor him and create a new character. I urged them. He left me feeling that that was going to happen,” Takei says.
I don’t know about you, but I’m not about to tell an outspoken activist who actually worked with Gene Roddenberry and was forced to live a closeted gay life after growing up in a Japanese internment camp (Yup.), that he’s wrong. I will, however, slowly back away from my computer as the fedora squad jacks their tiny dicks at the opportunity to go “See? Even queers don’t like diversity being shoved in our faces! Something something those pills from The Matrix!” before jizzing in their own faces with a “Chortle-hoo!” and a “Chortle-hee!”
Is this week over yet? Because, seriously, goddammit.