Is J.J. Abrams Open To A Gay Character In Star Trek 2?

It’s being reported that  J.J. Abrams who has taken over the Captains helm of directing the Star Trek re-boot franchise says that he is open to the idea of a gay character in Star Trek 2.

Abrams claims that hes surprised that in all the Star Trek episodes and spin-offs there there has never been an identifiable gay character.

“You know what’s funny? As someone who was never a huge Star Trek fan and I didn’t watch the shows,” he said. “And my experiences with the movie was the first series and then watching and re-watching some of the movies that I’ve seen. I’m frankly shocked that in the history of Star Trek there have never been gay characters in all the series. In Deep Space Nine and all the Enterprises that that’s never come up.”

But not so fast there laddies there seems to be some trouble in the transporter because according to Abrams does say it’s a “trickier” to have a gay character in a movie than in a television series, due to the time and story limitations. “Where in a movie when you got those two hours, it usually is a broader stroke thing, and the question is how do you do it in a film that doesn’t feel like you’re shoehorning in something that has meaning to you in a piece of entertainment that doesn’t otherwise have room for it,” he said

What?  If thats the case and it really is easier in a television series it makes you wonder why the in Abrahm’s Lost? No gay characters. Alias? No gay characters. Fringe? No gay characters. 

If J.J. Abrams would understand that being LGBT should not be treated as part of a “storyline” but just as an aside of who the character is.  No drwan out  commentary is needed. It can just be acknowledgement that gay people exist.

Now J.J., is that so hard?


Will Kohler

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1 thought on “Is J.J. Abrams Open To A Gay Character In Star Trek 2?”

  1. Gene Roddenberry, the creator of star trek was on board to begin introducing gay characters on the series star trek: the next generation but died before he could fulfill his promise. Rick Berman, the man to take over the franchise, is the person who’s holding everything up. No matter how much support comes from the fans and the crew for a gay character, Berman won’t let it happen.

    I’m not sure if Berman has final say when it comes to star trek movies or not, but if he does there will be no gay characters even if jj abrams wants it.

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