‘Star Trek Beyond’ confirms that Hikaru Sulu is gay

During a promotional event in Australia, actor John Cho confirmed that beloved Star Trek character Hikaru Sulu is gay. According to Cho, writer Simon Pegg and director Justin Lin decided to make Sulu canonically gay in the upcoming movie, Star Trek Beyond. The reason why will warm your emotionless, Vulcan heart. 

Sulu was originally played by George Takei, who in later life has become a prominent activist forLGBT rights. In a tribute to his ongoing legacy as an icon of the Star Trek franchise, Star Trek Beyond writer Simon Pegg and director Justin Lin decided make Sulu canonically gay in the upcoming movie.

“I liked [Pegg and Lin’s] approach, which was not to make a big thing out of it, which is where I hope we are going as a species, to not politicize one’s personal orientations,” Cho said.




Can we just take a long moment to appreciate John Cho providing more shade than a tree on a sunny day?

And how he takes every opportunity he can to talk about Hollywood racism and what it means to PoC, and specifically Asian and Asian-American folk, to see non-stereotyped representation of self onscreen?

I hope one day we can hear him speak (more) openly about the STID whitewashing.”  – Trollny-Stark

And then there’s this:

“I’m not J.J. Abrams, who’s ultimately responsible. I’m just his Asian puppet. Which, by the way, is also the title of my autobiography.”

John Cho is throwing so much shade he should be an eclipse. I read in the #John Cho Tumblr tag that someone called him a ‘Creature of Majestic Shade’ and nearly fell out of my chair laughing. Incoming John Cho ‘Deal with It’ gif with dropping sunglasses. Tumblr please oblige me.

…and now I’m a John Cho Stan.

Don’t forget: “I think what I liked about it as a kid is that it was overtly intellectual.” (x) when asked what he liked about Star Trek. – after JJ Abrams had been quoted saying “Star Trek wasn’t for me as a kid and not because I was cool. It just felt too intellectual and talky.” (x)

and never forget:

which he said while they were still lying about it