Pegg has said he intended the revelation in the new film that the character – now played by John Cho – is in a same-sex relationship as a tribute to Takei’s gay rights activism.
But on Thursday the actor responded by saying he thought the move was “really unfortunate”, as he felt it suggested sexuality was something that could be retrofitted. He also said his concerns had been ignored by the film-makers.Pegg wasn't taking this snub lying down. What does an actual gay man's thoughts matter, anyway?
“He’s right, it is unfortunate, it’s unfortunate that the screen version of the most inclusive, tolerant universe in science fiction hasn’t featured an LGBT character until now. We could have introduced a new gay character, but he or she would have been primarily defined by their sexuality, seen as the ‘gay character’, rather than simply for who they are, and isn’t that tokenism?”"Bloody hell, these identity politics rules are confusing! It's like they make them up on the spot, or something.."
...Pegg said that Roddenberry’s pioneering work exploring diversity in the series indicated he would have welcomed such a move."How can you argue with a dead man's wishes (as expressed by me), eh? EH?"