A gay Sulu enters ‘Star Trek,’ but Takei disapproves

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PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 21: Actor George Takei speaks onstage during the 'Pioneers of Television, Season 4, "Acting Funny", "Breaking Barriers", "Doctors and Nurses", and "Standup to Sitcom" ' panel discussion at the PBS portion of the 2014 Winter Television Critics Association tour at Langham Hotel on January 21, 2014 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (AP) — USS Enterprise helmsman Hikaru Sulu is portrayed as gay in “Star Trek Beyond,” but George Takei, who originated the role, isn’t pleased.

A scene in the upcoming film plainly presents Sulu, played by John Cho, with a male spouse raising an infant daughter. Cho told Australia’s Herald Sun that he liked that the approach doesn’t “make a big thing” out of it.

But Takei, who came out in 2005, called the decision “unfortunate.” The 79-year-old actor told The Hollywood Reporter that he didn’t like the character being altered. Takei instead urged the filmmakers to create a new gay character.

Screenplay writer Simon Pegg and director Justin Lin say they intended to pay homage to Takei as an LGBT activist. In a statement Friday, Pegg said he “respectfully (disagreed)” with Takei.

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  • Kevin Rahe

    Why would anyone with the power to influence large numbers of people and who desires a just society portray the situation of a child deprived of a mother or father as a positive thing or at least equal to the situation of a child being raised by both a mother and a father?