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Zachary Quinto Talks Gay Hollywood, New ‘Star Trek,’ and Same Old Politics

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At 39-years-old, flawlessly-coiffed and frequently bespectacled Zachary Quinto always looks like he knows something we don’t. What is Quinto’s great secret, and why won’t he share it? We may never know, but when the actor sat down for an interview with Time earlier this week, he touched on some very important truths that all of his fans should be aware of in light of recent events in our country.

Famous for his varied roles on 24, Heroes, American Horror Story, and even the short-lived VH1 sitcom So NoTORIous, Quinto is a dexterous actor who approaches his work with a certain severity we can only assume comes from his Catholic school background and Irish-Italian, Pennsylvania upbringing by his single mother.

Zachary Quinto started his film career after being cast as a young Spock in J.J. Abram’s 2009 Star Trek reboot, an alternate telling of one of sci-fi’s most popular franchises which would go on to spawn two sequels. As the third film (though, likely, not final) film prepares for its American release on July 22, Quinto has been cast into the limelight once again for his portrayal of the iconic Spock, which Abrams said he’s approached with “gravity and an incredible sense of humor.”

While speaking with Time, however, Quinto remarked that the events of the upcoming Star Trek movie, though set in the far reaches of the Galaxy, closely mirror the current political scene of the United States.

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Is Trump just as bad as Khan?

A Federation Under Attack

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The plot of Star Trek Beyond focuses largely on the alien warlord Krall (Idris Elba), who has been plotting for centuries to attack and destroy the Federation. Prompted by Time‘s Sam Lansky, who offered that the plot seems timely, given our current state of affairs, Quinto said:

“It’s weirdly parallel to what’s going on all over the world right now. There’s waves of nationalism and xenophobia and fear-based thinking and intolerance. It’s alarming. At the end of the day, this is a blockbuster summer popcorn movie—we’re not trying to delve into any of these themes explicitly—but what Star Trek represents is the idea that unity will always overcome hatred.”

Of course, good films almost always contains criticism or commentary for the real world and its people, but who could have suspected that such an insidious, spray-tanned force would be driving Americans to divide themselves just as the film was released?

Gay Hollywood and America Today

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The interview moved onto the topic of being a gay man in America in 2016, or otherwise identifying with or supporting the LGBT community. Speaking on the issue of the Republican ticket, and what the Party’s candidates represent, Quinto remained positive, but urged that we cannot afford to be passive either.

“I have to feel like people will look at these two old white men, who represent everything that is negative in history, and say there are more people who want to go a different direction. I hope so. I am scared. I don’t take anything for granted. I have a lot of people in my life that think there’s no way Trump will win. I don’t believe that for a second. We have to fight with everything we have to continue the path that we’ve been able to gain such ground on in the last five to ten years. It’s just a bleak and dangerous moment in our geopolitical landscape right now. It’s unprecedented in our lifetime how precariously we’re all perched—not just here in this country but around the world.”

Sadly, Quinto brings up a good point. It’s safe and comforting to assume that the Republican ticket, extremist and confused in its own right, could never come out victorious in November. This would affect not only of our country’s international image and relationships, but of the very lives of its many racial minorities and gay and immigrant citizens—depends on our active work against the strangely fascist and frighteningly familiar threat. No, this isn’t 1933 Germany or the far quadrants of the 23rd-century Milky Way, but the social tides seem to be turning the way.

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