John Cho has his say on Star Trek Beyond’s gay Sulu controversy

A warp speed response.

John Cho as Sulu in Star Trek Beyond
Enterprise helmsman John Cho as Sulu in Star Trek Beyond. Image Picture Paramount

As Star Trek celebrates it’s 50th anniversary this year, the series has found itself at the centre of controversy over the revelation that the new film portrays USS Enterprise helmsman Hikaru Sulu as gay.

Original Sulu star George Takei, himself a gay man, has voiced his displeasure at the change, saying it deviates from creator Gene Roddenberry original intention for the character.

Co-writer Simon Pegg jumped in to have his say on the matter (bringing with him a highly-scientific explanation), and now John Cho has spoken about the rebooting of the character.

“I just hope going forward that he’s moved by how important this is.”

“I respect where George is coming from and I love him so I can respect it. He certainly has the right to his opinion, it’s totally valid,” Cho told Loaded.

“I just hope going forward that he’s moved by how important this is, theoretically how cool it would be for a young person who’s struggling with their sexuality to see them represented on the big screen – in a very casual, matter-of-fact way, in a normalised way.”

Maybe the needs of the many outweigh the needs of Roddenberry’s few?

Watch the video interview below to see Cho discuss the Trek controversy and co-star Karl Urban talk about a sequel to Star Trek Beyond.

Star Trek Beyond opens in cinemas on July 22.

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