Mario de Monti wrote:
Imagine Kirk and Spock had come to a planet ruled by (white) land/slave owners who brutalize their (black) slaves. Then, to blend in at a slave auction, they would have put on local clothing and Spock´s line to Kirk would have been "You should make a very convincing slave trader". Would you take that as a joke too?
Yes, actually I would
take it as a joke. Nothing personal, but I think some people really need to lighten up (you should pardon the expression).
I always took it as a joke. The irony of Shatner and Nimoy being Jewish is just icing on the cake.
Man's inhumanity to man is a serious subject, but sometimes humor can bring a serious subject to a much larger audience than a lecture ever could.