The new CBS All Access series "Star Trek: Discovery" is being attacked on Twitter for having too much diversity and not enough white people in its cast (video below).
According to Deadline, the show's main character is Sonequa Martin-Green, who is black; she portrays the first officer of the Starship Discovery. Jason Issacs, who is white, plays the captain. The cast is rounded out by James Frain, Terry Serpico, Maulik Pancholy, Sam Vartholomeos, Doug Jones, Anthony Rapp, Michelle Yeoh, Chris Obi, Shazad Latif and Mary Chieffo.
Raw Story notes some of the angry reactions on Twitter:
Star Trek Discovery: The only white males are a Vulcan a-hole and a wimpy helmsman. This show appears to be fully SJW converged.
Star Trek introduces #WhiteGenocide in space... as if "diversity" could make it to space.
CBS upcoming "Star Trek Discovery" only one white cast member & surprise-he's gay! Another #SJW failure, like Marvel Comics. #WhiteGenocide.
Star Trek: Discovery moar liek Star Trek: muh forced Diversity
Star Trek Discovery. Another prequel no one asked for lacquered in feminist political correctness & s*** writing.
Star Trek Discovery aka "SJW The Next Generation" Trailer Drops. Seems BLM made the trailer...
[startrekcbs] [SonequaMG] Star Trek Discovery of feminism edition? I LOVED captain Janeway but please don't ruin Star Trek with tons of political correctness.
Some of the commenters on Deadline were upset that a white captain had been cast:
Really??? A white guy??? CBS breaking those diversity walls again.
Don’t worry. Since he’s a white guy he’ll be character flawed and exhibit poor judgment so his enlightened, thoughtful first officer can bail him out of every situation. Until he is killed and they promote her, probably in season 2 ,if not before. Think Captain Queeg.
I was so happy to see they had cast to women of color in leading roles and now this… so disappointed. Not sure I’m gonna watch now and I’ve been waiting so patiently since Enterprise ended.
Eleanor Tremeer wrote at Movie Pilot about the lack of female characters on the new series:
With nine main characters in total, three are women and six are men. That's hardly a good ratio for any TV show to have, and it's especially depressing that there has been no progression from decades-old Star Trek shows. Frankly, we expected better from Star Trek: Discovery, a show that seems determined to win representation points for its female lead.
Of course, just because Discovery has a female lead doesn't mean this negates the need for an equal female to male cast. And yes, there is a need for equality, especially in Star Trek.