Imagination

I read an article over the article this weekend that Captain Kirk is now being seen as bi-sexual, which, honestly I don’t care that much about. But cool for that character. However, William Shatner, who played Captain Kirk said that it’s simply not true.

I get why people would want the actor who “made” that character too agree with them. Here’s the thing though, they’re an actor playing a part. It’s the problem I had with Dumbledore (from HP) Dumbledore became “gay” after a popular fan theory. There was actually no indication that Dumbledore was gay. Then in FB, there was apparently two lines that confirmed he was gay. That was it.

What Rowling did, was what is called “performative ally-ship”. Dumbledore can be gay if you want him to be gay. That’s what’s called imagination. It’s also fine if Dumbledore is not gay. It’s fine if Dumbledore is gay, straight, trans, of colour, religious, atheist. Just don’t make him gay, straight, trans, of colour, religious, atheist, to make a buck.

It’s it also fine that Shatner doesn’t want Capt Kirk to be bi. Capt Kirk can be bi-sexual for you though.

Do you all see where I’m getting at?

If Chris Pine wants to play a more bi-sexual Kirk, that is also fine. I have no idea about Pine’s views on Kirk. But again, Kirk is a fictional character.

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10 thoughts on “Imagination

  1. I think that all too often we get caught up in the character and the actor that plays the character and changes are made almost to keep up with the times, I also think that in terms of William Shatner the original and may I say the best Kirk would want to be seen as very masculine and a definite ladies man, it is all really about image, how it is portrayed and how we the viewing public see it but as you said it is a fictional character in a fictional world where the imagination can boldly go where no man has been before.

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      1. It was ages ago where a journalist wrote about Top Gun being about men loving men. It was before social media so was there and gone in no time, I just happened to catch it.

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