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“Star Trek Beyond” will reveal Mr. Sulu as first gay character in the franchise

in Entertainment, Movies, Movies & TV, Television

It appears that the classic character Mr. Sulu will officially be revealed as gay in the upcoming Star Trek Beyond film. According to ComicBook.com, when we pick up the story of the crew of the USS Enterprise, Sulu is depicted as a father with a same-sex partner and a daughter. Very (very) fortunately, it’s done casually.

This is great because, well, love is love is love is love is love. Actor John Cho is a-ok with that:

“I liked the approach, which was not to make a big thing out of it,” Cho told the Australian newspaper The Herald Sun during the press tour for the film. “[That] is where I hope we are going as a species, to not politicize one’s personal orientations.”

It’s usually at a time like this that we would find many of our commenters and readers chomping down on the idea of why something like this is necessary, or why it even needs to be included in a movie. Comments revolving around the idea of “why does everything have to be politically correct nowadays?” The thing is, considering that the idea of Sulu being homosexual is being handled without abrasiveness, the idea of same-sex couples should be just as common in modern movies and television as it is in real life.

People of all races, genders, and sexual orientations actually do exist — it’s not a thing of fiction. So, if heterosexual relationships are allowed to exist with in modern movies, there is no reason why the other end of the spectrum shouldn’t be represented as well. Hell, the only reason they haven’t thus far is because there was a period of time when gay actors couldn’t even work in Hollywood. That’s why it’s important that this is a nod to actor George Takei (who played the role of Sulu in the 60s). See, if he had been open about his sexuality back then, he would not have been able to work as an actor — so he stayed in the closet publicly until 2005. Luckily, the industry is very different nowadays (for the most part).

So yeah, it is necessary. And if you have a problem with Hollywood (or ITM) mucking up your pop culture with equality news, I’m sure you can find an instructional video on YouTube for a time machine to take you back to the days when humanity was less likely to embrace honesty and change. Love is love.

14 Comments

  1. Keith

    Although it’s off topic, I agree as well. The interest in monetizing websites by leveraging social media has led to a tidal wave of garbage content and reposted stories. The whole thing is off the rails.

  2. Not a Star Trek fan but I am a fan of equality 🙂 great news!

  3. Hillary

    I just came here to see the homophobic “I like gay people but I have a problem with this” comments. 😁

    1. Another Dude

      I don’t think it’s homophobic to say you have a problem with the direction of the website that you have been following since its inception. It’s about being preachy and moving away from Disney coverage. Just a personal opinion and there’s nothing homophobic about it.

      1. Adam McCabe

        Inside the Magic was never just about Disney. Ricky covered a variety of themed entertainment from the get-go and he is STILL in charge of everything to this day. He sees everything we write, and approves it. This is still his vision. We’ve just expanded, and it’s working out very well for us. If you’re unsatisfied, I’m sure there are plenty of outlets capable of giving you what you’re looking for.

        So let’s call a spade a spade: you saw something you disagreed with, that didn’t have ANYTHING to do with your day-to-day life, and decided to rage about it on a comments section. You don’t have to admit it to me, but you’re wearing it all over your comments (the first of which, I deleted). Negativity will not be tolerated, and you are being a bully. There are actual people behind these keyboards.

        Have a magical day!

        1. Another Dude

          Rage and bully are certainly not the words I would use, but I can see this is a very sensitive topic for you. I will remove myself from this discussion and wish the ITM team no ill will.

          1. Adam McCabe

            As an Orlando resident who has lost a lot over the last few months, this is certainly a sensitive topic.

            But aside from all of that: we have a business model, a plan for the future of this company, and we are very confident about it. We still continue to cover the parks more than any other subject on our website, but we are hoping our expanded coverage will bring in new fans without alienating old ones. As somebody who *has* been following us since the beginning, I sincerely hope you keep reading — and commenting in a positive manner. Thanks.

  4. Another Dude

    I appreciate your comments Adam, and I’ll admit that I had not considered the recent Orlando tragedy when I made my comments. It was stupid and insensitive of me and I’m sorry. I saw the flurry of comments on the Facebook post and so many of them disgust me and I don’t want you to think that is what I believe. I also noticed the way you had to revise your article. This is a personal issue for you as an Orlando citizen and my comments–while never intended to be offensive to the gay community or dismissive of current day equality issues–weren’t necessary and didn’t accomplish anything. I do wish ITM the best of luck moving in your new direction. Progress is a hard road sometimes. “Keep moving forward.”

    ..sorry I called you guys “kids” as well. I actually have no idea how old you are. 😉

  5. Adam

    Appreciate our comments about how this article is plagiarized from the comicbooks.com article and how ITM has become a clickbait factory of ads and old news being deleted. Guess freedom of speech and fan comments don’t apply here. Don’t worry, my family and I have unliked your page and won’t be returning if that’s how you treat your viewers. No more ad revenue from us.

    1. Adam McCabe

      Best of luck to you, Adam!

  6. CeCe

    Great story! If George Takei had been able to be public with his sexuality during the 60’s TV show, then Sulu would have just naturally been a gay character anyway. I am sure he must feel very honored by this announcement.

    1. Steven

      Actually, George does not agree with this decision. And I agree with him, and it’s not because I’m homophobic. George is being quoted as saying that this is an unfortunate decision. He, and I too, agree that there should be an openly gay character(s) in Star Trek. The galaxy is far too large for there not to be. However, Sulu was not gay. The actor that played him may have been, but Gene Roddenberry did not have that in his vision for the character. So, in order to make a high profile gay character they change the entire mythos of a character. Why couldn’t a new character be introduced that could represent the gay community? I applaud George for speaking the unpopular opinion in order to promote the original Roddenberry vision.

  7. JimJ

    I felt the whole Star Trek reboot changed the whole tone of the original Star Trek like Spock and Uhura having a relationship. This is just affirmation that things are completely different and my interest in the series has decreased. Sulu can’t be about George Takei. It is worse enough that Takei and William Shatner have public feuds. We are bringing in the personal full circle. I’m more concerned about the integrity of Star Trek.

  8. Jones

    Who cares. Star Trek is as dead as anything J.J. Abrams has ever touched.

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