George Takei: Racist & sexist Star Trek fans are just as bad as Trump

Trailers for Star Trek: Discovery released earlier this month proved that the series is living up to its higher ideals by centering women and people of color. The ship’s captain is played by Michelle Yeoh, and Sonequa Martin-Green, best known for playing Sasha on The Walking Dead, plays the ship’s first officer. Both are prominently featured in the show’s first trailer.

This drew cheers from most, but the predictable backlash from the crowd who sees social progress in media as little more than SJW pandering at best and “white genocide in space” at worst.

George Takei would like to remind the “trolls,” as he calls them, that criticizing Star Trek for its diversity makes no sense, as the series has had that message as a guiding theme from the beginning.

“Today in this society we have alien life forms that we call trolls,” he told Joy-Ann Reid. “And these trolls carry on without knowing what they’re talking about and knowing even less about the history of what they’re talking about,” Takei said, before working in a dig at Trump.

“And some of these trolls go on to be presidents of nations.”

Takei noted that Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry led the show under the guiding acronym “IDIC ― which stood for infinite diversity in infinite combinations. We boldly went where we hadn’t gone before because we were curious about what’s out there. And when you go out into space you are going to have even greater diversity.”

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