Please explain this to me if you can

I have gotten a ton of emails from gay readers and gay friends saying that they LOVED the recent Sulu strip. I have gotten a nearly equal amount of email from straight friends and readers who are totally offended by it.

Can someone, anyone, please explain this to me? It makes no sense at all from here.

EDIT: Closing comments. I did not want to start a firestorm with the subject, though its not really that bad yet, but I feel like it has already run its course, and I’d like your Thursday to be filled with happy thoughts.