What would Gene Roddenberry have thought of Sulu being gay? In an interview with the Associated Press, the Star Trek creator’s son, Rod Roddenberry, discussed the character’s development in the upcoming movie Star Trek Beyond.
Earlier, star John Cho revealed his character Sulu is gay in the new film, which sparked controversy with George Takei, who originated the role of Sulu in the first Star Trek series.
When asked if his father would approve of Sulu being gay, Roddenberry said he would be “100 percent in favor” of the decision:
I think he would be 100 percent in favor of a gay character in ‘Star Trek. There’s so much going on in the world today. I think he would love any sort of social issue being brought into ‘Star Trek.'”
He later added that while he understands Takei’s dissatisfaction with the decision, he thinks it’s progressive nonetheless:
In a way, it’s George’s character. I can understand why he feels strongly about it. I don’t see why everyone is bickering about it. It’s about (expletive) time. Let’s just do it.”
Star Trek Beyond hits theaters on July 22nd.
What do you think? Are you a Star Trek fan? How do you feel about Sulu being gay?