We can’t just enjoy ourselves at the movies anymore. Every major property has to somehow push a social agenda. On the spectrum of such agendas, none signals more virtue in Hollywood than the effort to normalize homosexuality. That’s why this is happening, as detailed by Collider:
John Cho made headlines and history when he announced his character in Star Trek Beyond, Sulu, would become the first openly gay character in the franchise. Actor and screenwriter Simon Pegg seemed equally proud of the inclusion, despite initial pushback from George Takei. “It’s unfortunate that the screen version of the most inclusive, tolerant universe in science-fiction hasn’t featured an LGBT character until now,” Pegg said in part.
The reveal in the film came early on when the Enterprise crew, about three years into their five-year expedition, docked at a Starfleet base. Sulu runs to embrace his daughter after having been away for so long, but he was oddly less affectionate with his husband, played by screenwriter Doug Jung. The two merely walked off into the crowd with their arms around each other.
During an earlier interview with Vulture, Cho revealed that a kiss between the two characters was indeed cut.
This is why Sulu’s reveal in Star Trek Beyond is both hopeful and frustrating. It’s hopeful because the character is in fact gay, but frustrating because LGBTQ stories are still not treated the same way as our heterosexual counterparts on the screen.
Yeah, well, get used to it.
There’s a very simple reason why gay affection has not been, and will not likely ever be, included in blockbuster fare. A supermajority of the population, and therefore the market, is straight. As such, they harbor no desire to see gay affection on screen. Indeed, most straight people find such displays distasteful, which is a wholly natural reaction.
The hypocrisy of the gay social movement knows no bounds. On the one hand, they portray homosexuality as a natural predilection which one should not be expected to change. On the other hand, they demand that heterosexuals deny their nature when exposed to homosexual displays. Expecting a gay man to change is horrible, they say. But a straight man damn well better.
If you’re a man who likes to kiss other men and won’t soon feel different, fine. I’m a man who finds that unsettling and won’t soon feel different. There, we’re on an even footing. Your feelings are sacrosanct, and so are mine. I won’t ask you to change. You don’t ask me to. That’s what actual tolerance looks like.
Of course, tolerance is not what the gay social movement seeks. They want heterosexuals to deny who they are and change how they feel about sexuality, which is precisely the exhortation they claim to oppose when it’s directed toward homosexuals.
Sorry, Hollywood. It’s not going to happen.