When the new Star Trek: Discovery trailer came out, we got the usual barrage of excitement, analysis, and critiques, covering everything from uniforms to Klingon ridges. The trailer also made it clear that the new series will be rich in diversity, and while the fans went on discussing time period and production design, a handful of vitriolic, anti-diversity trolls on Twitter and YouTube have caught the attention of the media. While you won’t find these opinions on most Trek sites and forums, the press has pounced on them, even though it’s highly likely that most of these comments aren’t even coming from fans.
This morning MSNBC’s AM Joy picked up on the story, and they brought on Star Trek’s George Takei to address it. The original Sulu correctly identified these critics not as fans but as trolls who don’t understand Star Trek history. He specifically talked about how diversity has always been part of Star Trek, noting:
We had a guiding acronym – IDIC – which stood for infinite diversity in infinite combinations. And we boldly went where we hadn’t gone before because we were curious about what is out there. And when you go out into space you are going to have even greater diversity. Now these so-called trolls haven’t seen a single episode of the new series, because it hasn’t even aired…and they don’t know the history of Star Trek … Gene Roddenberry created this with the idea of finding strength in our diversity. And the delight of life in diversity. So they don’t know what they are talking about.
You can watch it below (or on YouTube).
Chase Masterson’s ‘Swear Trek’ message
Another Star Trek star has weighed on on this issue. Chase Masterson (Leeta from Deep Space Nine) hooked up with the popular (and profane) parody Twitter Account @swear_trek to redub a DS9 scene with message to diversity critics. Warning: Chase uses some very colorful language.
— Swear Trek (@swear_trek) May 28, 2017
UPDATE: Nichelle Nichols On Star Trek’s Diversity Then and Now
In a new interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer to promote her upcoming appearance at Wizard World Philly, original Star Trek star Nichelle Nichols discussed the issue of diversity in the original show saying:
“Gene’s whole vision was that minorities weren’t on set because we were minorities, we were on set because in the future our diverse world would all be working together as equals,” Nichols said. “I understand that everyone needs to see role models that can inspire them and talk to them and represent them, but I believe we need to move to a future that transcends race, gender, or anything else. We’re all people.”
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