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Old April 11 2013, 10:24 PM   #81
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Re: "Plato's Stepchildren:" Kirk-Uhura Rape Scene?

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Networks were subject to Broadcast Standards and Practices and I've come to realize the "rape" aspect was just the writer's attempt to appease and avoid censorship of an interracial relationship...
I stated that in my post. I said Kirk was just as much a victim as Uhura thereby placing the full responsibility on the Platonions.

And in skirting Standards & Practices those in-charge undermined their own efforts. "Free will" is everything in something like this and without it you cannot claim any social victory. Did african-americans sit at home and view that scene as a sign of social progress? Did african-american women? Did women in general? Whose cause was forwarded by that? It sure wasn't any civil-rights victory.


TOS championed a lot of progressive ideas, but let us be honest about it so as not to diminish them is my point.
I think many like minded did see this scene as a sign of progress, and not because of their race but because of the time.

I think it would be very telling to read the 60's news headlines (when the piece was written, not broadcast) to better understand the writer's POV.

Yes, I understood your point that it was neither's responsibility
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