On Nov. Each character tries to resist, but eventually Kirk tilts Uhura back and the two kiss as the aliens lasciviously look on. The smooch is not a romantic one. But in to show a black woman kissing a white man was a daring move. The episode aired just one year after the U. Virginia decision struck down state laws against interracial marriage.
50 Years Ago, Star Trek Boldly Showed TV’s First Interracial Kiss
Star Trek's interracial kiss 50 years ago heralded change - Chicago Tribune
When the Enterprise began its maiden voyage in , few suspected that they were witnessing the launch of one of the most important and enduring franchises in the history of television. More than 50 years later, Star Trek consists of six television series with one in development , 13 films, an animated series with another pending , and countless tie-in novels, comic books, and games. Kirk William Shatner ; Mr. Spock Leonard Nimoy ; Dr. Hiarku Sulu George Takei ; Lt.
'Star Trek's' interracial kiss 50 years ago boldly went where none had gone before
Fifty years ago — and only one year after the U. Supreme Court declared interracial marriage was legal — two of science fiction's most enduring characters, Captain James T. It wasn't romantic.
The episode is popularly cited as containing the first example of a scripted interracial kiss on United States television ,    although other previous instances have since come to light. Arguably, it was perhaps not even the first interracial kiss on Star Trek itself. In "Plato's Stepchildren," in contrast, the kiss is being shown as involuntary, being forced by telekinesis, perhaps to avoid any hint of romance that would risk outrage among some viewers. Also, William Shatner recalls in Star Trek Memories that NBC insisted their lips never touch the technique of turning their heads away from the camera was used to conceal this.