No, Capt. Jean-Luc Picard is not gay. While George Takei (Sulu of "Star Trek: TOS") might lament that fact, The Guardian had to admit to misidentifying "Next Generation" and "X-Men" actor Sir Patrick Stewart, on Monday, as gay. Stewart, though, issued a humorous Tuesday tweet in response to his "coming out."
The initial FUBAR was a reference to those supporting actress Ellen Page, who just came out herself. In its article on Page, The Guardian referenced Stewart, as it says below:
This article was amended on 17 February 2014. The third paragraph originally said "Some gay people, such as Sir Patrick Stewart, think Page's coming out speech is newsworthy." This should have read "Some people, such as Sir Patrick Stewart, think Page's coming out speech is newsworthy."
After the Poynter Institute tweeted about the gaffe, Stewart tweeted a response.
.@Poynter But @guardian I have, like, five or even SEVEN hetero friends and we totally drink beer and eat lots of chicken wings!
In response to a suggestion that The Guardian might have erred due to Stewart's friendships (e.g., he is a close friend of Sir Ian McKellan, who is openly gay), Stewart tweeted:
MT “@Gruaig_Rua: @Poynter Silly @guardian. You can't catch gay by hanging out with #LGBT people."
The Poynter Institute is a non-profit school for journalism located in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Institute may have been thinking The Guardian's reporters needed a refresher.
In one final tweet, Stewart acknowledged the erroneous news as a good change of pace.
Well, @guardian it makes for a nice change...at least I didn't wake up to the internet telling me I was dead again.