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Roddenberry Would Approve Of Gay Sulu, Son Says

PLUS: One reporter shares how news helped him come out

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He may not be “Star Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry, but son Rod Roddenberry probably knew him best.

And days after a minor controversy erupted over the “outing” of John Cho’s Hikaru Sulu in the upcoming “Star Trek: Beyond,” the younger Roddenberry said including a gay character in Star Trek is something his father would’ve been behind.

“I think he would be 100 percent in favor of a gay character in Star Trek,” Roddenberry told the Associated Press. “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.”

Roddenberry is a co-executive producer on the upcoming Star Trek television series planned for the streaming service CBS All Access. His company, Roddenberry Entertainment, also is a former co-owner of 1701News, divesting his interest the day before his role in the new Trek television series was announced.

Cho revealed Sulu’s sexuality in an interview this past week during a “Beyond” premiere in Australia. However Sulu’s originator, openly gay actor George Takei, has spoken against the character development, calling it “unfortunate” and against what the older Roddenberry had intended for Sulu.

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