I Respectfully Disagree, Simon Pegg Responds To George Takei’s Concern Over Gay Sulu | Film News
I, too, respectfully disagree. Co-writer of Star Trek Beyond, Simon Pegg, has responded to criticism by the actor, George Takei, at the confirmation that his character of Hikaru Sulu to be made gay. In a statement to the Guardian, Pegg reiterated his reverence for the gay activist, whilst also taking issue with his way of thinking. He commented:
“I have huge love and respect for George Takei, his heart, courage and humour are an inspiration, however, with regards to his thoughts on our Sulu, I must respectfully disagree with him”.
“He’s right, it is unfortunate, it’s unfortunate that the screen version of the most inclusive, tolerant universe in science fiction hasn’t featured an LGBT character until now. We could have introduced a new gay character, but he or she would have been primarily defined by their sexuality, seen as the ‘gay character’, rather than simply for who they are, and isn’t that tokenism?”
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