Quote: Homosexuality in “The Host”

There was, or could have been, a sort of homosexual aspect to [the ending of TNG’s “The Host”] and we chose not to go that route with it. I felt that it was more about the nature of love, why we love and what prevents us from loving. To me the best analogy is if your beloved turned into a cockroach, could you love a cockroach?

“The Host” director Marvin V. Rush, quoted in Captains Logs: The Unauthorized Complete Trek Voyages by Edward Gross and Mark A. Altman, 1995.

This comment seriously made me do a spit-take. Those words, “the best analogy is…could you love a cockroach?”, actually came out of the episode director’s mouth. Just, no. It’s one thing to say Beverly couldn’t deal with Odan changing genders (though changing into one of her good friend’s bodies was totally cool), but to compare a same-sex relationship to loving a cockroach? Offensive and ridiculous.

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