I was just watching an old Star Trek episode called “Plato’s Stepchildren” which I recalled halfway through, was the first scripted episode of television in the U.S. that had an interracial kiss in it. Watching the show itself, it was quite humorous. I hadn’t watched the episode in years, at least over 10 years, quite possibly double that, not since it was in syndication when I was younger and I watched it religiously after school. It’s funny how you remember things.
I didn’t remember the episode, but I remembered the image that often gets bandied about.
First interracial kiss. Groundbreaking. What most people who aren’t trekkies remember is that the kiss was forced on them by sadistic mind controlling aliens who also made Kirk self flagellate (ie slap himself silly) not 10 minutes prior. Continue reading