After introducing its gay couple in the fifth episode, Star Trek: Discovery has predictably faced some criticism.
While Lieutenant Stamets (Anthony Rapp) and Dr. Culber (Wilson Cruz) appeared in previous episodes, they finally made their debut as a couple and even wear matching Star Fleet PJs while they brush their teeth.
On Tuesday, Wilson Cruz took to Facebook to clap back at the trolls giving him grief on social media, saying that he’s “focusing on the love”:
“I’m not here for your comfort. That’s not why we are here. We’re here to grow. Star Trek is and has always been here to challenge you to look outside of yourself and to see other people and other experiences in yourself. There is no division between you and me. I am just another human giving and receiving love, just like you. That is all.
You can turn your TV off, sure, but you’ll only be cheating yourself. LGBTQ people aren’t going to just disappear because you put your head in the sand. We share the planet with you. We have always been here. We will always be here. You just don’t see us. I’m happy to tell you we won’t be invisible anymore. Not for your comfort.”
I’m going to say this once and post it here for anyone who has an issue. I won’t be spending my time arguing with the…
He also said love between two men is “nothing to hide.”
“We are living and loving out loud the way our creator intended us to because LOVE is nothing to hide. If my love offends you then you should take a look at that. Love is never wrong. It is the answer. We need MORE of it along with more curiosity and wonder at the diversity within our very own species.
That’s no accident. We were all made differently for a reason. How much easier would it be if we were all the same? Perhaps, we aren’t exactly the same so we could do the great work of seeing, appreciating and LOVING those beautiful and quirky differences that make us human. Willful ignorance has only brought us pain and anger and death. I know that’s not what you want.”
I humbly suggest you learn the lesson. Star Trek could be a great start. It’s been my experience that if you don’t learn it, the universe, in the end, will find a more personal way to teach it to you. That’s harder. So, learn it with us and open your mind and heart.
It’s easier that way.”
Earlier in the week, Peter LaBarbera, founder of Americans for Truth about Homosexuality, said the show should aim to include more character who “cured” themselves of homosexuality: Earlier this week, Peter LaBarbera, the founder of Americans for Truth about Homosexuality, claimed the show should include more characters who have ‘cured’ themselves of homosexuality “for balance”.
“The homosexual activists are never satisfied, they always want more, more, more. We have yet to see an ex-gay, a former homosexual prominently portrayed in Hollywood.”