CBS, Please, NO! to Bisexual Kirk in Star Trek Strange New Worlds

Rumors, rumors, rumors. This one sounds terrible, if it’s true.

Rumor has it we could be getting an openly bisexual representation of James T. Kirk in Star Trek: Strange New Worlds.

Nine reasons Kirk should absolutely be bisexual in Strange New Worlds

I shouldn’t take the clickbait, and yet frustratingly am. No, no, no to a bisexual Captain James T. Kirk in any Star Trek ever.

Don’t care what the sexual orientation is of any new character, or a character that comes out with a different sexual orientation if it makes sense in the story. If you have been reading here for awhile, then you already know I’m very consistent about this. I actually support LGBQT+ in movies and TV shows, just prefer that they not rework older, established characters into “new” reimaginings.

The nine reasons provided in the quoted article do not change my mind.

Do you see James Tiberius Kirk as bisexual? He was getting it on with female aliens, crewmates and others in every other episode on TOS.

*IF* this rumor is somehow even remotely true, or still being considered, then it’s the kind of dumb, unnecessary, maddening sexual orientation change to an established character we recognize not as LBGQT+ support, but classic story change for the case of social justice. Somebody stop the madness.

I’m strongly opposed to changing the sexual orientation of established characters simply because it’s the future and now more socially acceptable for such a thing in 2020 than it was in 1966. If you’re going to tell me Kirk was bisexual all along, that’s an extremely tough sell. Give me some empirical evidence using the TV show episodes.

Disclaimer: I am definitely in favor of LBGQT+ characters, as long as they are new characters or ones that logically come out as part of their character arcs. James T. Kirk has been openly heterosexual for some 60 years. When was his character ever into guys? I mean, even a little into guys? Sulu had his shirt off in some episodes, did I miss Kirk getting turned on? Casting longing gazes? Some sort of clue somewhere, anywhere?

CBS, please, let’s not rewrite characters that are gay as straight, or straight as gay, or either ones as bi — unless it is a natural part of the storyline. Let’s keep characters sexual orientations consistent with history.

Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn are bisexual. Love those characters and I celebrate their bisexuality. I’m cool with Sulu, played by the legendary George Takei who is openly gay, being gay in Star Trek, too (he was in JJ Abrams reboot of Star Trek). But Captain Kirk? Come on, no.

If some are contemplating this move at CBS, please assign them to a different project post haste. They have no business writing about established Star Trek characters.

Bisexual Writer Succeeds in Creating First Main Bi Character on Disney’s The Owl House

Diversity is everywhere in 2020 — and, when it fits the story, that’s a good thing.

Dana Terrace wanted to write a bi character into the animated show The Owl House and, at first, received resistance. Ultimately, Disney allowed her character through with her sexual orientation in tact.

The Owl House follows Luz Noceda, a 14-year-old Dominican-American girl who stumbles upon a magical world and attempts to become a witch. On Aug. 8, the show aired a prom-themed episode in which Luz dances with another female character, Amity, who is shown to have a crush on Luz. After the episode’s debut, creator Dana Terrace tweeted, “In [development] I was very open about my intention to put queer kids in the main cast….When we were greenlit I was told by certain Disney leadership that I could NOT represent any form of bi or gay relationship on the Channel.” “I’m bi! I want to write a bi character, dammit!” she continued.

The Owl House Features Disney’s First Bisexual Lead Character | PEOPLE.com

Some might notice above that I added “when it fits the story” and it sounds like from her quote this writer wanted to insert a bi character because she was bi.

I’m interested in stories about LGBQT+ characters but not for characters originally straight being rewritten as LGBQT+ to fit with the current times. I think there is an important distinction there. Plenty of great stories about all kinds of different characters with different races and sexual orientation that we don’t need to take traditionally established characters and force a certain sexual orientation on them. That isn’t happening here, it’s a new creative work, which I fully support.

For a more specific example of what I don’t support, see: Velma “officially” a lesbian in Scooby-Doo is relevant to the show … how?

I’m all about creativity and definitely see plenty of stories that can be told with LGBQT+ characters as the lead, so kudos to Disney for The Owl House. No idea how good the show is or not — we don’t have Disney TV, only Disney+ — that is ultimately what will matter, not that it was the first to break down a wall that frankly shouldn’t even have needed to be broken down. Disney, really, you couldn’t have had a main bisexual character in something earlier than 2020? Still, glad this particular glass ceiling is cracked now, regardless if it took nearly 100 years to do so. Yes, Disney was founded in 1923, so darn near 100 years.

The Owl House can be found airing on the Disney Channel. Eventually it will appear on Disney+, but it’s not there as of this writing.