3 comments on “David Mack’s Response To Trek Fans Homophobic Criticism

  1. A very interesting dilemma. Yes, indeed, You can not delve into the cosmic specie pool and not
    introduce characters that are different, exotic, alien, to use a phrase, even bizarre. Forget about the use of specie diversity as a literary device regarding civil rights ,minority prejudice, issues regarding equality, morality. In a Universe like Star Trek, diversity should have only one purpose, objective. To
    create scenarios regarding other species as means to creating interesting, compelling story lines,
    with geopolitical overtones, based on the diversity as it relates to specie-specific capabilities, characteristics, advances in technology that lead to conflict, confrontation, cooperation, that generate original, exciting story lines. Writing stories about alien homosexuality is not only crass,
    uncouth and amateurish, it demonstrates a lack of imagination, creativity in taking a very lazy, easy way out. Also, Mack thinks he’s some crusading moralist in making claims about the minorities, but is being hypocritical when he equates someone of African ancestry with one who is treated unequally
    as a result of decadent, depraved behavior. I adamantly insist there is no moral equivalency between someone treated with enmity, prejudice as a result of different skin tone and that of behavior due to unnatural attraction, sexual nature.

    Mack speaks of respecting others through his sexually depraved characters when he disrespects that which should be his only priority, objective. Respecting his readership, the lore and legacy of Star Trek as a wholesome, non-political genre and has no right to have the brazen audacity to take Star Trek where it never ever should dare go.

    • “I adamantly insist there is no moral equivalency between someone treated with enmity, prejudice as a result of different skin tone and that of behavior due to unnatural attraction, sexual nature.” – Then you are a fool. To close your heart to the suffering of others, to the plight of LGBT people who are beaten, driven to suicide, or executed, just because of their sexual attractions, is despicable. To do that to anyone, for any reason, is despicable.

      “[Mack] has no right to have the brazen audacity to take Star Trek where it never ever should dare go.” – Who are you to dictate where Star Trek should or should not dare to go? You do realise the entire point of Star Trek is to showcase a utopian future, right? That it’s best storylines are those that pushed into the deep and unsettling questions? Whether rights extend to non-organic persons (holograms, androids, etc), whether we should contacting ‘primitive’ races (Pakleds. the Prime Directive, etc), exploring social structures different to the human norm (Trill, Vissians, etc), the ethics of everything from religion to genetic modification to genocide… pushing the boundaries and exploring a thousand different twists on the norm, this is the staple of Star Trek.

      “Also, Mack thinks he’s some crusading moralist in making claims about the minorities, but is being hypocritical when he equates someone of African ancestry with one who is treated unequally
      as a result of decadent, depraved behavior.” – Err… hypocrisy is saying one thing and doing another. Unless he’s discriminating against LGBT people, he’s not being hypocritical.

      A same-sex relationship is positively banal compared to what Star Trek has explored. Kudos to Mack for showing diversity in the Star Trek universe. Non-conventional relationships are the bread and butter of ST – just look at Quark and Grilka, or Dax and Worf, or Kirk and every woman in the galaxy. Shirking convention, flaunting taboo, and exploring the unusual is what makes ST’s social commentary so powerful.

      • Thanks Dave Davey, canon Star Trek steered clear of obvious same sex relationships in its entire run, the final frontier shall we say of its story telling.

        Star Trek has broken ground in so many ways it is a pity that same sex relationships never saw the light of day.

        Racism, bigotry, confrontation etc were all dealt with primarily with two species, I mean, pretty much every race had negative thoughts about Klingons, much the same thought process of black v white 60’s America.

        That’s how Trek dealt with real world issues, subtly, no in your face obvious, but you knew what the point was.

        I think it’s time Star Trek grew its balls back so to speak in dealing with same sex relationships, but in its usual subtle way.

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