08 Jul 2016 4:46 PM +00:00 UTC

Star Trek Beyond's Zachary Quinto Disagrees With George Takei's Take on Sulu's Sexuality

Yesterday, right after John Cho revealed Hikaru Sulu's sexuality in Star Trek Beyond, George Takei said that the decision was "unfortunate", saying that it contradicts Gene Rodenberry's vision for the character. And today, Simon Pegg "respectfully disagreed" with Takei's statement. Now, Zachary Quinto, who plays Spock in the rebooted trilogy, says that he's "disappointed" with Takei's reactions.

During a conversation with Pedestrian.TV, Quinto said:

"As a member of the LGBT community myself, I was disappointed by the fact that George was disappointed. I get it that he's has had his own personal journey and has his own personal relationship with this character but, you know, as we established in the first Star Trek film in 2009, we've created an alternate universe."
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Quinto went on: "My hope is that eventually George can be strengthened by the enormously positive response from especially young people who are heartened by and inspired by this really tasteful and beautiful portrayal of something that I think is gaining acceptance and inclusion in our societies across the world, and should be."

Star Trek Beyond will be released in theaters on July 22.

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