Earlier this month, CBS released a trailer for its upcoming Star Trek: Discovery, the first television series in the epic franchise since Star Trek: Enterprise ended in 2005. Some responded to the casting of Michelle Yeoh, who is Asian, as the ship’s captain and Sonequa Martin-Green, who is black, as the ship’s first officer, saying that show was just trying to fill “racial and gender quotas.” Other responses were harsher. On Sunday, George Takei, who portrayed Hikaru Sulu in the original series, told MSNBC that diversity has always been key to creator Gene Roddenberry’s vision for the show. “Today in this society we have alien life forms that we call trolls. “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. Now these so-called trolls haven’t seen a single episode of the new series, because it hasn’t been aired,” he said. “And they don’t know the history of Star Trek [either] … Gene Roddenberry created this with the idea of finding strength in our diversity ― and also the delight of life in diversity.” Are you getting excited for the new Star Trek?
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