Last week, we got our first look at Michelle Yeoh as Captain Philippa Georgiou in CBS’ “Star Trek: Discovery”, the television spin-off of the iconic sci-fi “Star Trek” franchise.
While many viewers complimented the actress on her performance as a starfleet captain, other praised Yeoh for keeping her Malaysian accent.
Shortly after the trailer was released, Blastr writer Swapna Krishna said that hearing Yeoh use her own accent made her “emotional”. She wrote, “As a young girl of colour, ‘Star Trek’ was the first place I can remember seeing myself represented. Through characters like Uhura, Sulu, and Geordi LaForge, I saw people that looked a little like me — that shared the first thing people notice about me, a darker skin color — and for the first time understood that I could achieve anything, even serve on a starship. I, and people who looked like me, existed in this future. It was one of the major forces that shaped my childhood and the adult I have become.”
Yeoh, who shared Krishna’s article on Facebook, confirmed that the choice to use her native accent was a “conscious effort”.
Her response received support from many netizens. One social media user known as Kurt replied, “When you say, in the trailer, “We have engaged the Klingons” it sent chills down my back because it reminds me of my favourite Star Trek moment when Patrick Stewart says, ‘We have engaged the Borg'”.
“I have always been a Trek fan but adding you in a leading role just makes it that much better. Trek has always pushed against social norms (especially Hollywood whitewashing) to provide us with a view into a future without racism. Here’s a salute to the baddest starship captain yet!” wrote Michael.
on a side note, Michelle Yeoh choosing to portray her character in ST: Discovery using her own accent makes me emotional
— aina (@ainaroslann) May 23, 2017
I thought Michelle Yeoh is a highly accomplished actor.
Then she went and became a Star Trek captain.
Now THAT is reaching for the stars.
— Fazri@VAX2017 (@tenoq) May 18, 2017
I mean, I'm not even a huge Star Trek fan but Michelle Yeoh is giving orders and still has her accent and I'm BAWLING all over my keyboard!?
— shing @SDCC(SP O-04) (@sawdustbear) May 17, 2017
“Star Trek: Discovery” is a 15-episode series that is set to premiere in mid-2017 on CBS and Netflix.
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