Whitey? You Khan-t!??

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???

What bollocks!

The World is still a very narrow minded place isn’t it folks?


Kevin Krishnan
O.I.D.B.N.B.S.C – ‘Of Indian Descent But Not Brown Skinned Council.