What was meant as a gesture toward inclusion and diversity in the Star Trek universe became a mini-controversy in the weeks before Star Trek Beyond’s opening, and now we’ve caught up with John Cho to talk Sulu.
A quick refresher: Star Trek: The Original Series star George Takei has been an outspoken proponent for LGBT rights for the past decade or so, after publicly coming out as gay. So, in an effort to honor Takei and introduce the first gay character to Star Trek canon, the writers decided to have the younger Sulu (played by John Cho) be revealed as gay in Beyond. On the surface, it seemed like a positive move for inclusion and a great nod to Takei.
One problem: It turns out Takei wasn’t a fan of the change, and has been outspoken in opposition. Though he said he appreciates the heart of the gesture, he’s not comfortable with them making such a major change to the way Trek creator Gene Roddenberry conceived the character.
So we caught up with Cho at San Diego Comic-Con to get his take on it. Watch the full video interview below and let us know what you think:
Star Trek Beyond opens this weekend.