Protests show ‘progress’ on diversity, says ‘Star Trek’ icon TakeiDrawing on his childhood in US wartime internment camps, and decades trapped in the closet due to Hollywood homophobia, George Takei urged youth to stand firm on minority rightsLOS ANGELES – George Takei, the pioneering Asian American “Star Trek” actor and LGBTQ icon, said massive anti-racism protests this month show the US is “making progress” on diversity, but warned the pandemic is renewing deep-rooted prejudices.
The star best known for playing Sulu in the original “Star Trek” has spent decades campaigning for social justice.
“He said, thank you very much, and especially you, as an Asian man — I was the sole Asian in that cast, I usually was back then,” said Takei.
Now, with young people of all backgrounds marching against racism, Takei praised the next crop of activists.
He had feared losing acting jobs — “Star Trek” was canceled in 1969, the same year as Stonewall, leaving him in need of work.