Star Trek: Discovery is on the forefront of all the entertainment news sites after the reveal of the first trailer. It is nothing like the previous Star Trek series, and its appearance suits more to the regular irresistible Netflix series that would make you binge watch them, and ultimately you will end up hating yourself that you’ve just drained away your 12 hours.
Some people are not happy about the lack of “White People” in the show, and they are calling it “The Genocide Of White Culture Using Cinema and TV.” They want to see more white people because they believe the diversity in the show is not properly balanced, and somehow it is unfair to them.
They also have the problem with a female Black Lead in the show, and they keep on generating polarizing petitions that usually get signed by thousands of like-minded people. These requests demand the show runners to replace the actors or change the story arcs because these folks believe that putting too much focus disturbs the quality of the show, plus reduction of White People in the mainstream entertainment media seems unfair to them.
Sonequa-Martin, the lead of the show, has been getting hateful mails, derogatory messages, and even death threats since she had been cast for her role. However, she is a seasoned actress, and Sonequa has seen things like these before as well during her run in Walking Dead, which is also a massively successful Zombie-Drama. She knows how to shut down these bullies, and this is what she said about this issue during her interview:-
“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,” 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.”
Star Trek: The Original Series was the first show to display interracial kiss on TV back in 60’s, and it had exceptionally diverse cast. They knew it would be shocking for the audience, but they still went ahead and did it, because they wanted to show their viewers that in the future we will leave behind petty things like racism.
The first female black woman to lead of the Star Trek Series explained her thought process behind her role like this:-
“And it’s hard to understand and appreciate Star Trek if you don’t understand and appreciate that. It’s one of the foundational principles of Star Trek and I feel if you miss that then you miss the legacy itself. I’m incredibly proud to be the lead of this show and be at the forefront of an iteration of Star Trek that’s from the eyes of a black woman that’s never been done before, though obviously there’s been other forms of diversity that have been innovated by Trek. I feel like we’re taking another step forward, which I think all stories should do. We should go boldly where nobody has gone before and stay true to that.”
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