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Old April 14 2013, 10:00 PM   #115
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Re: "Plato's Stepchildren:" Kirk-Uhura Rape Scene?

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First of all, it's already been established that this isn't the case of a white man forcing himself on a black woman, it's two people being sexually assaulted by a third party.
Caje, from the start it has been my position that Kirk was just as much a victim as Uhura. The simple fact that "the kiss" was non-consentual by both people directly involved (Kirk and Uhura) renders it meaningless in terms of being a progressive statement on interracial relationships.

I am not looking to burst anyone's bubble regarding Santa Claus, however, if you want to really look at how the scene was constructed we could discuss whether the intent was in fact to repulse the audience and illustrate just how perverse the Platonians were - an interracial kiss, bleech!. NOTE: Just for the record I personally wouldn't go that far and feel the use of Uhura and Chapel was simply because they were the only female regulars).

... But the main problem with your post is that you somehow equated a kiss portrayed on television by actors, who willingly volunteered to be a part of the scene, with someone sexually assaulting someone else on the street.
With all due respect I believe you are mixing-up reality and fantasy.

In Reality: I'm sure Shatner was more than eager while Nichelle was willing to take one for the team. In reality, I'm sure Roddenberry himself (may he rest-in-peace) would have volunteered to double for Shatner while they lit the scene.

In terms of the fiction that was "Plato's Stepchildren" their characters (Kirk and Uhura) were forced to kiss. How the story framed "the kiss" is what disqualifies it as any sort of positive statement or commentary on interracial romances. There simply was no romance or free-will involved in it.

I find the scene remarkable because it displayed a kiss between a white actor and a black actor on national television.
So you pay no attention to the actual story. "Plato's Stepchildren," through your eyes, is a romance wherein two forlorn souls are finally able to act upon their forbidden love for one another?

How many actors would be willing to do that given the possible repercussions from within the industry?
More, I think, than you apparently believe. Actors didn't have the fear. Hell, actor's will chew gum off the bottom of a shoe or kiss anything you put in front of them.

... thatís also why context doesnít matter.
No, that is a statement of obstinance as the wrongness of it is self-evident. Context is what allows us to properly process and interpret what our sense take in.
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