Cruz, who stars as Dr. Hugh Culber on the show, is one of the first out gay characters in a Star Trek TV series. His on-air husband, Paul Stamets (Anthony Rapp) is the other. And while most Trek fans love the progressive message of the series, and love Cruz, there will always be a few haters.
Forbes recently reported on one such hater, who had the nerve to call Cruz an anti-gay slur during a recent event celebrating the show.
"I wonder if this was the moment on stage when I heard a 'fan' on Star Trek Day refer to me with a homophobic slur," Cruz posted on Twitter last week with a picture of him at the event. "Still smiling, though. You'll never kill my joy."
\u201cI wonder if this was the moment on stage when I heard a \u201cfan\u201d on Star Trek Day refer to me with a homophobic slur\u2026 \ud83e\uddd0 Still smiling, though. You\u2019ll never kill my joy.\u201d
The incident occured on September 8, at Star Trek Day, a Los Angeles event celebrating the beloved sci-fi franchise. While the one hater was there in the audience, Cruz seems to have overall had a positive experience.
This isn't the first time the icon has clapped back at homophobic haters. Last October when a fan called Cruz a "sh*tty actor on a sh*tty show," referring to his role on Star Trek: Discovery, he let pictures say a thousand words.
Cruz responded to the hater by sharing images of reviews of the series, which call it Star Trek's "most thoughtful series yet," which shows it having a 93% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and praises the show's emotional beats.