"Star Trek Is Hella Homophobic When I Pretend Fascist War Cyborgs Are Gay People" Says
While modern Star Trek fans are celebrating George Takei and John Cho's Lieutenant Sulu coming out as gay, a vigilant game designer has revealed all is not well in the popular science fiction franchise for lgbt citizens.
"I have reached the Voyager watershed that is "The Gift," and I feel like I understand why so many people hate 7 of 9," begins a trenchant Google+ post by Smallville RPG contributor Josh Roby "I also kind of want to vomit."
Roby then goes on to detail how, once hereimagine the Borg--Star Trek's evil civilization-consuming race of cosmic cyborgs--as innocent homosexual earthlings, the beloved property's sinister side is revealed:
Let's start, shall we, with the conversion therapy that Janeway inflicts on 7 of 9 in complete violation of her free will. Here's a fun exercise: watch the episode but imagine you can replace "humanity" with "the life that the Lord has planned for you" and replace "the Borg" with "being gay." I honestly don't think I can put other works together right now to express how profoundly disgusting I found this plotline.
Confusingly, Roby also describes Kes, the idealized spiritual nerd-girflriend whom 7 of 9 replaces in The Gift, as a "a character who viewers had grown to love".