HOLLYWOOD – Man dressed as a Klingon has complained that Sulu being gay ruins the otherwise impeachable realism of his favorite space opera.
Jason Bilks of Little Rock, Arkansas said that the decision to make Sulu gay has ruined the realism of Star Trek. Standing in his living room which he painstakingly redecorated to look like the helm of Klingon Bird of Prey, Mr. Bilks was adamant that his objection was not based on prejudice:
I have nothing against homosexuals of any kind. That has nothing to do with the idea that Sulu being gay is wrong for Star Trek. It’s because there’s no detailed character arc. If he had been gay in the first film and they had set it up, it would have made sense, but it just isn’t realistic that someone suddenly says they’re gay after not coming out with it in the first few films. It’s so out of the blue.
But there was no suggestion that he was actually heterosexual int he first films. He could have been gay all along.
It just doesn’t make any sense. And I’m talking about it being realistic from a character point of view. It’s silly. The spaceships and the universe, the gadgets, the teleporters and what not and the aliens, all of those things are so credibly realized and so consistent, and then suddenly the guy who drives the Starship Enterprise turns out to be gay!? No, no, no, NO!