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Published On: Sun, Jul 10th, 2016

George Takei no fan of Sulu being gay in ‘Star Trek Beyond’

Star Trek Beyond is introducing the sci-fi franchise’s first openly gay character Helmsman Hikaru Sulu, the character played by George Takei in the original 1960’s television series, and now by John Cho.

During an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Takei, who is openly gay, said: “Unfortunately, it’s a twisting of [‘Star Trek’ creator Gene Roddenberry’s] creation, to which he put in so much thought. I think it’s really unfortunate.”

George Takei speaks out about making Sulu gay

George Takei speaks out about making Sulu gay

Takei praised the creator, saying that Roddenberry was “a strong supporter of LGBT equality.”

“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.

According to Cho, who spoke about the decision to the Herald Sun, the reveal will be understated. “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 politicize one’s personal orientations,” he said.

Takei, who came out publicly in a 2005 interview with Frontiers magazine, has since become a major LGBTQ icon and activist, serving as a spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign and attracting 9 million followers to his Facebook feed. In 2008.

Takei and his husband, Brad Altman, were among the first same-sex couples to apply for a marriage license in California.

Star Trek Beyond opens in theaters on July 22.

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