John Cho was excited to share the newly revealed sexuality of his “Star Trek: Beyond” character Hikaru Sulu. But George Takei, who portrayed Sulu the first — and the longest — called outing Sulu an “unfortunate” event that should’ve been done to a new character, not an existing one.
However, “Beyond” co-writer Simon Pegg is defending the decision to make Sulu gay in an eloquent statement he released early Friday. There, he said that while he has “huge love and respect for George Takei” and that his “heart, courage and humor” are inspirational, he also has to “respectfully disagree.”
“He’s right, it is unfortunate,” said Pegg, who also plays Scotty in the new film. “It’s unfortunate that the screen version of the most inclusive, tolerant universe in science-fiction hasn’t featured an LGBT character until now.”
Pegg, of course, is referring to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, a community that has been under-represented or completely non-existent in the Star Trek world for the past 50 years.
Takei had suggested to both Cho and “Beyond” director Justin Lin they introduce a new character, but that just would not have worked, Pegg said.