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[–] ASacrificialHerring 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago 

In fact, he'd much prefer that he stay straight.

This proves that homosexuality in the Star Trek universe is a choice, as TOS Sulu is straight and the alternate timeline Sulu is gay yet both had the same origin. Nicely done, SJWs.

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[–] Chingasa 0 points 27 points (+27|-0) ago 

This is the same complaint a lot of people make. Quit shoe-horning your virtue signalling onto characters with an already established background. Make your diversity statement on a new character or story and let them sink or swim on their own merit/your writing ability.

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[–] edthomson92 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

Exactly. Don't use diversity just to sell your products (Marvel). Do it right

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[–] ShinyVoater [S] 0 points 21 points (+21|-0) ago 

Apparently some people aren't too happy he's not ecstatic about this, but I think he'd be pretty justified if he were flat-out offended by them lifting his sexuality and foisting it on the character for no good reason.

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[–] iamjanesleftnipple 0 points 27 points (+27|-0) ago 

Because he's an advocate for gay rights and having gays be equal, not changing every damn thing he's involved in into a gay thing.

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[–] Pm-me-your-boobs 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

They did that to the show community too; and it made it much shittier

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[–] middle_path 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Was that during the time Dan Harmon left?

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[–] FormerlyKnownAsGkar 0 points 16 points (+16|-0) ago 

Holy shit how myopic can the author be?

Sulu never had an onscreen love interest during Star Trek's initial three-season run

Uh, how about the exchange that gave us the best line in all of Star Trek? In "The Naked Time" when Sulu was playing swashbuckler, he grabs Uhura:

Sulu: "Aha, fair maiden!"
Uhura: "Sorry, neither!"

Especially when we note that the infection in the episode resulted in dropping inhibitions, then it's obvious that Sulu loved the ladies.

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[–] Ina_Pickle 0 points 9 points (+9|-0) ago 

Odds are the author has never even watched the original series.

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[–] 5738443 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

What did Uhara mean by the "Sorry, neither" line? That she wouldn't describe her personality as "fair" or herself as a "maiden"?

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[–] toats 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

It's a sex joke. Fair used to mean pale, and a maiden meant virgin.

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[–] rulloff_in_a_jar 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

That was the episode I thought off. The character of Sulu always gave of the vibe of a low key ladies man.

I would imagine as an actor playing a character different than you and giving life through that performance to it must be an accomplishnent you don't want diminished by making him gay just because you happen to be gay.

It's making him into a hyphenated gay-actor instead of an actor who is also gay.

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[–] 0fsgivin 0 points 14 points (+14|-0) ago 

Man...this dudes fucking awesome.

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[–] Forbin 0 points 12 points (+12|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Although I agree with the other comments here, I'd just like to add that the reason this type of shoehorning is so insulting is that it is lazy. Don't take a popular character and just make him/her gay to make a statement. Co-opting an existing character and re-assigning their sexual orientation cheapens the whole issue because you're capitalizing on their existing popularity. If you really want to make a statement, create a good character who just happens to be gay and make them compelling. Let them become popular for authentic reasons--ultimately the point you're trying to communicate is that sexual orientation shouldn't matter. Writing off 50 years of canon to make yourself look progressive shows a complete lack of creativity and basically communicates that gay characters can't achieve popularity on their own terms.

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[–] CRKT_M16Z 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Takei tried to convince him to make a new character gay instead. "I told him, 'Be imaginative and create a character who has a history of being gay, rather than Sulu, who had been straight all this time, suddenly being revealed as being closeted.'"

This is what Takei wanted them to do. But they were like, "Nope, Sulu's gonna be gay. I bet your stoked! We did this for you!"

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[–] daskapitalist 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago 

SJWs will stop at nothing to push their agenda.

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[–] KleanRider 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

I gained a lot more respect for gay people for the way George Takei handled that. I feel like the gay movement suffers so much more from people that aren't gay sticking their fingers where they don't belong...

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