The thing making me happy today is imagining the moment George Takei first heard that Sulu is openly gay in the new movie.
— Caroline Siede (@CarolineSiede) July 7, 2016
Well, Caroline, hate to disappoint you, but we’re guessing you didn’t think it’d go over like this.
In case you hadn’t heard, John Cho, who portrays Hikaru Sulu in the rebooted “Star Trek” movies, told media that his character in “Star Trek Beyond” will be revealed as gay. A lot of people assumed that George Takei, Sulu’s portrayer in the original series, would be thrilled at the news.
They were wrong:
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) July 7, 2016
More from the Hollywood Reporter:
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.”
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.)
Well, Takei’s very reasonable take didn’t sit well with people who know what’s best for his most famous character:
I'm so mad @GeorgeTakei. How dare you wish to take away what little positive movement we have in LGBTQ representation! You, of all people. ?
— Lisa J (@ralkana47) July 7, 2016
Yeah! Him, of all people!
the one piece of good news today is not approved by the only man whose opinion on the matter counts. sigh.https://t.co/78kJtREjGi
— fdackciety (@dackquiri) July 7, 2016
I'm so upset about this https://t.co/e0LJ7gEin7
— tired jay (@ghostromanoff) July 7, 2016
Who would have thought George Takei would be disappointed by Sulu being gay? I'm so confused. https://t.co/xF6YA4Yqyo
— Lexi Morello (@LexiMorello) July 7, 2016
That George Takei news is kind of upsetting.
— Ray Sonne (@RaySonne) July 7, 2016
Never thought there'd be a scenario in which I'd want to tell George Takei to shut up, but alas…
— Jason McKiernan (@CinemaSquared) July 8, 2016
disappointed & confused by George Takei's comments. am ecstatic at the reveal Sulu is gay!thank you @simonpegg, we need more of this please
— Charlie (@infinitefeels) July 7, 2016
Wow, this is so disappointing to hear from George Takei. https://t.co/JWStfvYwBB
— Chaneen (@bliss116) July 8, 2016
ugh why george takei
— prophet romi (@gonegirlscat) July 8, 2016
I understand where he's coming from, but George Takei's reaction to Sulu being gay is disappointing nonetheless.
— Jacob Hall (@JacobSHall) July 7, 2016
This is saddening. https://t.co/9TDhOMgmVn
— Ryan MacLean (@TheRyanMacLean) July 7, 2016
@GeorgeTakei horribly disappointed in your reaction to Sulu being gay in new Star Trek movie
— Lee Pigliavento (@LeePigliavento) July 8, 2016
Takei isn’t down with the new Sulu being gay, apparently, which is disappointing, but not altogether surprising. https://t.co/E6e8sUAjrH
— Jodeci Foster (@CharlesPulliam) July 7, 2016
How is it that George Takei is unhappy? WHY!?
— Captain Kenobi ♡ (@toysbeforeboys) July 7, 2016
I hoped I would never have to be disappointed in George Takei.
— Andrew Wheeler (@Wheeler) July 7, 2016
— rubywisp (@rubywisp) July 7, 2016
— Adrian Powers (@adrianjpowers) July 7, 2016
— The Phunky DM (@PhunkyDM) July 8, 2016
*unfollows George takei* https://t.co/q2mM4M1hAT
— karé-lin (@gayspacepilot) July 8, 2016
i'm sad because now gross homophobes are gonna use this to be like "george takei doesn't approve" and i just i'm tired
— tired jay (@ghostromanoff) July 8, 2016
@GeorgeTakei how sad to see that you are gonna be quoted and used as a defense argument for Homophobia on Star Trek’s new movie, keep it
— Blaineswolf (@blaineswolf) July 8, 2016
Oh thank you @GeorgeTakei it's not like you just allowed homophobic people ruinning the joy of LGBT representation that we actually NEED.
— Lucifer Sam. (@EdosianOrchid) July 8, 2016
Fuck George Takei because Sulu being gay is fucking awesome ??? #StarTrekBeyond
— Cláudio Monteiro (@claudiojaneco) July 7, 2016
i'm gonna pretend george takei didn't shit on my happiness
— gay bat (@theworstrobin) July 8, 2016
— Jeff (@JerseyJeff_) July 7, 2016
That’s cute. Really.
Fortunately, there are still plenty of other folks who haven’t lost their minds:
George Takei's issues with Sulu being gay in #StarTrekBeyond make perfect sense.
— Chris E. Hayner (@ChrisHayner) July 7, 2016
I find George Takei's comments on Sulu's sexuality very interesting and more than a little persuasive. Much to consider for "allies".
— Phil Birkett (@Piplodocus_) July 7, 2016
George Takei is right. Making an old established character like Sulu suddenly gay for progressive points is lazy.
— Avoid Genji's D (@Avoided_Anomaly) July 8, 2016
— Bobby Dimes (@dimesbobby1) July 7, 2016
— Cory Edwards (@RealCoryEdwards) July 7, 2016
@GeorgeTakei Read your response to the Sulu news and agree 100%. I think real diversity isn't revising old characters but creating new ones.
— Andrew Bedsole (@andrew67676) July 8, 2016
— Jen Davis (@JenD1) July 8, 2016
Leave George Takei alone. I thought you loved it when he speaks his mind. Chill.
— Master Splinter ♌ (@TheRiddler109) July 7, 2016
Oh wow. Right on George Takei. He's exactly right. Come up with a character instead of changing an existing one to be 'diverse'
— Matt Rock (@RockRolled) July 7, 2016
George Takei is right. He's proud to be a gay man. But he's also proud to have played the straight Sulu. That's okay people.
— Matt Kaplan (@wordsbymatt) July 7, 2016
Yeah. It is.