Racist “Star Trek Discovery” Detractors Give Up, Anti-Gay Bigotry Begins

Anthony Rapp and Wilson Cruz will play gay lovers in Star Trek Discovery (courtesy Broadway World)

Discovery Gets Gay Doctor

Last week, Star Trek Discovery actors, showrunners, and writers filled a panel at San Diego Comic-Con, hosted by Rainn Wilson.  They were there promoting the upcoming television series, airing this September.

Plenty of previously unannounced details were given to the public about the series, including that the love interest of Lt. Stamets will be played by Wilson Cruz.  You may remember Cruz from My So-Called Life along side Claire Danes.

Cruz will be playing Dr. Hugh Culber, a medical doctor aboard the USS Discovery.

In the summer of 2016, Bryan Fuller, creator of Star Trek Discovery, went on record stating that the television series would get its first openly-gay character.  Fuller, an openly gay man himself, made mention to the fact that it was time for the show to do a better job at representing those within the LGBTQ2 community.  Especially since Star Trek, at its core, is about inclusiveness.  Most critics praised the move.

Racist Detractors Attack

Then earlier this year, Discovery came under attack upon the release of it’s first trailer.  Not because the series doesn’t look good – many fans agree that it does.  Rather, because the two main protagonists, both women of color, weren’t white enough or male enough.  “White genocide” it was called by some.  Others, claiming to be long-time fans, swore to never watch the new show.  How one can claim to be a long-time fan and not see beneath the thinly-veiled disguise that Star Trek is about equality and inclusiveness isn’t clear.

Since then the dust has somewhat settled, until now.

With the public finally learning that Lt. Paul Stamets (Anthony Rapp) and Dr. Hugh Culber (Wilson Cruz) are openly-gay lovers, there appears to be another backlash starting against the show.  Perhaps not yet as vocal as the racist detractors last month, but present none-the-less.

Gays in Space
Gays in Space
Gays in Space
Gays in Space

Cruz Writes Back

Unsurprisingly, Wilson Cruz has take time to reply to a number of the attacks lobbied his way.  He is known for being somewhat of an activist for gay rights.

Backing him up are a number of Star Trek fans who have also taken to Twitter to let Cruz know they’re happy about his appearance on Discovery – and what he represents and means to them personally.

In 50 years of Star Trek on television, no main character has been openly gay.  In 2016, Star Trek: Beyond did introduce Sulu as being gay in the movie series, but his character was never openly gay in the tv series.

Star Trek Discovery airs this September 24th on CBS All Access in the USA, CraveTV/Space in Canada, and on Netflix around the world.

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About Enrico Pastellio

Rico became a Star Trek fan after being introduced to it during Star Trek Enterprise's run. After finishing that series, he went back watching TNG, DS9, VOY, and most of the movies. He's a big fan of Star Trek (2009) for its action, but favors the cerebral nature of each tv series. When Rico first heard about the new Star Trek Discovery series (then just know as 'Star Trek'), he immediately wanted to start up a new site about the show. You can email him at enrico@ncc-1031.com.

  • GA

    Sexuality does not belong in a show like Star Trek. For it to be is only an attempt for one group to push their message upon everyone else. Star Trek is about inclusion, but that is not the central theme. It is about Space and a better tomorrow. Extensive use of sexuality does not help the show but will likely detract from it making it uncomfortable to watch.
    Several years ago when Battlestar Galactica was rebooted, I had high hopes. I watched every episode of the show, but was very uncomfortable in many episodes because of over emphasis on sexuality. That was not gay, but strait sexuality. I loved the original Battlestar Galactica and looked forward to the reboot. The new show had great special effects and story line, but the over the top sexuality caused me to struggle to sit through some of the episodes.
    Star Trek is much the same for me. OK, an occasional reference to a gay relationship is fine, but I saw some of the fan fiction Star Trek shows where a gay relationship was way over done. We don’t need to see two men in bed or cuddling any more than we need to see a man and woman doing the same in a show like this. Either scenario detracts from why I want to watch a SciFi show like Star Trek. So if there is a gay relationship in the show, I’m fine with that as long as it isn’t more than a behind the scenes thing. That goes for heterosexual relationships as well. Don’t ruin a family friendly SciFi franchise by forcing sexuality into it. That is not what most of us want to see when we watch these shows.

    • cass ada

      I think you just need to look back to Captain Kirk to see that indeed sexuality does occur in Star Trek, just as it does in the real world. The show wasn’t *about* sexuality, and neither is Star Trek Discovery. Nobody wants the show to be about nothing but sexuality.

      Contrary to your comment, inclusion actually is the central theme of the series. Always has been. Perhaps not in the movies, but Star Trek lives in television episodes. As Gene Roddenberry expressed on many occasion, it was his opinion the better future he envisions (and that you mentioned) is only achieved through inclusion and diversity. And he presented that as truth in Star Trek. They are core tenants of the shows and his worldview.

      If you’re uncomfortable with the sexuality that was in Battlestar Galactica, I think you need to evaluate *why* you’re so uncomfortable with it. Sounds like there may be some in-grained guilt around it. Fair enough that if the entire show was about nothing but sex, that may be a bit uncomfortable. But it’s not.

      Sex happens. Sexuality is real. Without it, our species ceases to exist. Doesn’t mean it’s in your face, but it shouldn’t be ignored either… that leads to some messed-up things.

      • THETRUTH

        BSG was overtly Sexualized.

        ST can have a hint of Normal Sex but Homosexuality has no place.

        The fact that only 3% of the populas engage in this aberrant conduct should make that clear!

        Normal Sex is an innate drive to perpetuate the species.

        Homosexual sex….. well you figure it out!

        • cass ada

          Science has already figured it out. I don’t need.

          If they’re only 3% of the population, that’s all the more reason to have them represented in Star Trek, not ignored.

          • THETRUTH

            What a ridiculous conclusion!

  • NikolaiG

    What Discovery needs to do is fix those Klingons and get the USS Enterprise NCC-1701 insignia removed from those uniforms.

  • THETRUTH

    Then let me explain it to you…

    We are tired of 3% of the populas being depicted in our favorite shows!

    Being gay is NOT a wonderful thing and it is certainly NOT the NORM!

    THAT’S WHY WE WON’T WATCH IT!