One great thing about the science-fiction genre is that it’s often a few years or even decades ahead of the curve in terms of societal changes, as was the case in the late ’60s when a quirky TV show called Star Trek featured the Caucasian Capt. James T. Kirk kissing the Black Lt. Nyota Uhura in an episode called, “Plato’s Stepchildren.”
Behind the scenes, there was much fretting by uptight NBC executives about how this particular scene might play south of the Mason-Dixon line, but fortunately their worries were all for naught.
There was no outcry when the episode aired. NBC wasn’t deluged by angry, racist letters. American society in 1968 had clearly moved on.
But, one can’t help but wonder whether today’s perpetually-offended social justice warriors would view this iconic scene in a positive fashion.
After all, the premise of the scene was that Kirk and Uhura were not in control of their faculties during this smooch session, so doesn’t this kiss make for a double-MeToo moment, given that it was non-consensual on the behalf of both parties?
And given Kirk was the captain and Uhura was the lieutenant, is this not a workplace etiquette violation with the boss taking advantage of a subordinate?
Who knows what today’s outrage mob will say but for the rest of us normal, reasonable, non-triggered people – the 50th anniversary of the first interracial kiss on American network TV is indeed something to celebrate.