Damn it, Jim.
John Cho talking about the USS Enterprise [x]
Damon Lindelof promises to be “more mindful in the future” after complaints from fans.
All writers of television shows and movies should take basic feminism classes by law.
Nurse Chapel is a beloved [Trek] character,” says Orci. “Even before the first movie came out, a lot of online chatter was, ‘Is Nurse Chapel gonna be there?!’”
Alas, although we hear Dr. McCoy (Karl Urban) say “Nurse Chapel” in 2009’s Star Trek, we never officially saw Christine Chapel — and she’s still MIA in Into Darkness. Instead, Carol Marcus tells Kirk that she learned of his reputation as a ladies man from her friend Christine Chapel, who has become a nurse since her romantic encounter with him — which he does not recall.
“We just figured that would be a great reference, and we loved that Kirk didn’t remember her,” says Orci. “It’s an in-joke that also speaks volumes about his character when it comes to women. That’s why we used it.”
So will Nurse Chapel ever actually make a flesh-and-blood appearance on the Enterprise? Orci just laughs. “That’s certainly possible!
Bob Orci talks to BuzzFeed about fan references in Star Trek Into Darkness. [x]
All I have to say about this is:
#the misogyny is so fucking palpable im going 2 throw up #you had the opportinity to introduce another female character #(having more than 2 is too much for you maybe???????) #but nooo #you had to be gross and write her off as just another conquest in kirk’s book #HILARIOUS AM I RIGHT!!!! #women are dispensable!!!!! #and not only the fucking blatant misogyny you also seem to not understand kirk’s character #like apparently for these dudes sleeping around = being a sleazy douchebag #which???? no?????????#people who have a lot of sex maybe do b/c…they enjoy sex??????? #wow revolutionary i know #anyway god im just so angry about this
i feel like the most appropriate response to this quote is an apathetic scream of frustration
HEY BOB ORCI COULD YOU MAYBE STOP
When I was a little girl, Star Trek was the first place I remember seeing women, POC, and people with disabilities represented in a science and engineering environment. Not only were they in there, — They were engineering chiefs. They were heads of security. They were science officers. They were skilled and bad ass and the captain depended on them. As a little girl with an engineering mind, it meant a lot to me. As a little girl who looked up to her father and his job as an engineer, but whenever she met her father’s co-workers only encountered men who asked if she liked pink and dollies and drawing — men who treated it as a fluke that I liked things like Star Trek and said that I would “grow out of it”, especially “once I discovered boys”. I needed Star Trek and it’s representation and my father’s encouragement that it was okay to be a girl to like those things. I grew up in a NASA and government contracting town, and I wanted to work on those sorts of things.
When I went to college and dealt with regular accusations from classmates that I was only getting better grades than them because the professor or TA was giving me slack for being female, that I was only in the major to get my M-R-S degree and would drop out to a “lazy” liberal arts major as soon as I landed a man who could support me with his engineering degree (accusations that continued through my senior year of college). I needed Star Trek’s representation. And right before I started college, Star Trek gave me a woman captaining the Enterprise (bless Voyager).
A couple of decades after my first experience with Star Trek, I’m a woman engineer working in the defense industry. I’m proud of that.
Star Trek will always hold a special place in my heart, and yes, I get up in arms about representation in Star Trek especially, because it mattered a lot to me as a child, and it was a huge part of that show. I’m sure it matters even more to people who have bigger disadvantages in the industry than I.
Nichelle Nichols (Uhura on the original series):”Whoopi Goldberg, she’s just marvellous. I had no way of knowing that she was a Star Trek fan. When I finally met her it was her first year on the Next Generation.
She loved the show so much and she told her agent she wants a role on Star Trek. Well agents go ‘Big screen, little screen, no, you can’t do that’. Well you can’t tell Whoopi ‘You can’t do that’.
And so they finally asked, and they had the same reaction at Star Trek office, specifically Gene. And she said, ‘I want to meet him and I want him to tell me to my face. If he tells me he doesn’t want me and why, I’ll be fine.’
Knowing Gene he had to take that challenge, and so he met with her. She said, ‘I just wanted you to tell me why you don’t want me in Star Trek.’
Gene said, ‘Well, I’ll just ask you one question and I’ll make my decision on that. You’re a big screen star, why do you want to be on a little screen, why do you want to be in Star Trek?’
And she looked at him and she said, ‘Well, it’s all Nichelle Nichols’ fault.’
That threw him, he said, ‘What do you mean?’
She said, ‘Well when I was nine years old Star Trek came on,’ and she said, ‘I looked at it and I went screaming through the house, “Come here, mum, everybody, come quick, come quick, there’s a black lady on television and she ain’t no maid!”’ And she said, ‘I knew right then and there I could be anything I wanted to be, and I want to be on Star Trek.’
And he said, ‘I’ll write you a role.’
John Cho (x)
The only Asians I remember seeing on mainstream TV when I was a kid were Sulu on Star Trek, nameless Asians loading trucks in the background or dying on MASH (which was all about funny lovable white US Americans waging war on Asians), and the “ancient Chinese secret” Calgon laundry detergent commercial.
Was the same when I was a kid. That moment of seeing George Takei not being overly-stereotyped when I was a kid was a powerful one. I think the only place I had really seen other Asians on the screen was finding the rare (because I was a kid in mountains, far from the rest of the community) movie that had Asians in it. Unfortunately, a lot of those were the “white guy learns martial arts, beats up Asians because ‘Merika” type movies. Which, of course was not TV. They were still the “Asian other” just as in MASH backdrops. Anyway, what I’m trying to say is that Sulu always has a special place in my heart. Star Trek helped me get through some bad emotional spaces as a kid, and I think part of what made it welcoming was having POC, especially George Takei ( since I’m JA too, and the other Asian American actors who came later), represented on screen in positive and whole characters, with names instead of “Solider #1, Henchman #4, Ninja #18”.
(Proper) representation matters.