If there's anything shut in nerds love complaining about online, it's women and people of color ruining their childhood by starring in their favorite franchises. The new trailer for Star Trek: Discovery, which is premiering on CBS this fall, kicked up a brand new brouhaha among all the "alphas" on Twitter, who are mad because the show features two women of color in prominent roles.
Michelle Yeoh plays the Starship captain and Sonequa Martin-Green is her first officer.
The New Yorker reported that the comments on the YouTube posting for the trailer was full of alt-right trolls using their special lingo to question casting choices that centered women and POC, like “Where is the alpha male that has balls and doesn’t take crap from anyone?,” and “Is everything going to have to have females in every … thing?”
Yes. Women are in everything in real life too, look around. Unfortunately, it seems like a lot of these guys haven't left the basement in awhile:
Star Trek Discovery: The only white males are a Vulcan a-hole and a wimpy helmsman. This show appears to be fully SJW converged.— LubertDas (@lubertdas) May 18, 2017
Star Trek Discovery aka "SJW The Next Generation" Trailer Drops. Seems BLM made the trailer...— Michael Burns (@ooohouchburn) May 18, 2017
Luckily, there are still some fans out there who remember that Gene Roddenberry wanted Star Trek to be a place that championed diversity, even if his efforts seems outdated in 2017:
You do realize that the original show in '66 championed minorities, giving major rolls to a black woman and an Asian man, right?— Tony (@Desslok1138) May 24, 2017
Can you believe that people are still as racist as they were in the sixties, and also that we're still fighting with Russia? Martin-Green was asked to respond to the racist controversy brewing online, and she responded with all the grace and intelligence that you could hope for in a first officer. She even seems to have compassion for these ding-dongs.
"Well, I would encourage them to key into the essence and spirit of Star Trek that has made it the legacy it is — and that’s looking across the way to the person sitting in front of you and realizing you are the same, that they are not separate from you, and we are all one,” Martin-Green told Entertainment Weekly.“That’s something Star Trek has always upheld and I completely believe that is why it’s been a mainstay in society in the hearts of so many people for so many decades. I would encourage them to look past their opinions and social conditioning and key into what we’re doing here — which is telling a story about humanity that will hopefully bring us all together.”