While it's great to see the Trek franchise is still trying to be progressive after 50 years, there are some problems with this. It seems like a nod to George Takei, the actor who originated the role, who is gay. But Takei wasn't thrilled about this. Why? Because he's an actor. The Enterprise crew doesn't have to reflect their real-life counterparts; otherwise, Captain Kirk would just be confused and mean all the time.
The part Takei played for decades wasn't gay, and as we all know, Sulu originally had a daughter who was born after he had a one-night stand with a "glamazon" in the book The Captain's Daughter. Takei further elaborated that she was a "very athletic, powerful and stunningly gorgeous woman."
In other words: "Oh myyy." (But straighter.)
The new Star Trek movies take place in the same universe as the old ones, but in a different timeline (created after some pesky Romulans traveled back in time and blew up Kirk's dad). Problem is, the timeline deviated after Sulu was already born. So this either means that when you watch The Wrath Of Khan, Sulu is presumably unhappy and closeted, or that this new reality somehow made Sulu gay. To suggest that Sulu's sexual orientation was modified by the events of the reboot is to suggest that gay people aren't born that way, which is a very un-Star Trek position to take.
After wading into the sea of crap that is messing around with Trek continuity, famed English person and Beyond screenwriter Simon Pegg had to pen a lengthy blog post trying to make sense of this. Pegg's post alleges that, OK, Sulu wasn't gay in the original series (hence all the glamazon love), but he did become gay because of Romulan time travel in the reboot ... because of quantum physics, you see.
Pegg explains that even though the timeline diverged after Sulu was born, time is "not linear," adding that "we experience time as a contiguous series of cascading events but perception and reality aren't always the same thing." Meaning that the rift in spacetime rippled like a pond, affecting not only what came afterwards, but also everything that came before. Including changing people's sexual orientations, and presumably making the Beastie Boys the Mozarts of the 23rd century.
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