Had a good chuckle about the silly fan reaction to Star Trek character Khan Noonien Singh being portrayed by actor Benedict Cumberbatch in ‘Star Trek: The Darkness’.
Fans, American Sikhs and Garrett Wang (Star Trek Voyagers Harry Kim) have cited the decision to cast a white actor in the role as “whitewashing”. Really??
Let’s consider the following:
- According to the original Star Trek back story, Khan is said to be from the Asian continent and be of Mongolian descent.
- Khan was originally played by Ricardo Montalban in the Star Trek TOS episode ‘Space Seed’ (1967) and Star Trek II – The Wrath Of Khan (1982).
- During the 15 years that takes place in between ‘Space Seed’ and TWOK, Khan inexplicably changes in appearance from being a Mexican with boot polish fake tan, to being an aged Mexican tribute to David Coverdale??
- My Surname is Krishnan and I am not very brown.
So what ethnicity would you consider Khan to be in the first place???
I would ask “Why does Khan HAVE to be played by a Sikh or someone with dark skin?? All because his surname is Singh???
The World is still a very narrow minded place isn’t it folks?
O.I.D.B.N.B.S.C – ‘Of Indian Descent But Not Brown Skinned Council.