“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,” said Cho who said it was writer/actor Simon Peg’s idea and set up as a nod to George Takei who played Sulu in the 1960′s version of the show.
Takei claims he once approached Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry about why he didn’t address LGBTQ issues on the show which broke ground for showing the first interracial kiss on TV.
“I’m treading a fine tight wire here. I’m dealing with issues of the time,” Takei said Roddenberry told him. “I’m dealing with the civil rights movement, the Vietnam War, the Cold War, and I need to be able to make that statement by staying on the air. If I dealt with that issue I wouldn’t be able to deal with any issue because I would be canceled.”
Check out the trailer for Star Trek Beyond, which comes to theaters July 22nd, below:
Star Trek legend and LGBT rights activist George Takei is speaking out over Arizona’s controversial legislation that would allow business owners to cite their religious beliefs in refusing to serve gay and lesbian customers and others. Takei, whose husband Brad Altman was born in Phoenix, says the couple — who vacation in the state often — will [...]