William Shatner on TVs 1st Interracial Kiss

William Shatner on TVs 1st Interracial Kiss

William Shatner, Captain James T. Kirk (to all us science fiction nerds out there), performed the first scripted interracial television kiss in an episode of TV’s classic “Star Trek” series.

English: William Shatner photographed by Jerry...

English: William Shatner photographed by Jerry Avenaim (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

To all of us nerds, William Shatner making out with Uhuru (and not just a little bit, but obviously enjoying himself), was great. Shatner had no issues jumping on women either on the television program (remember the green-skinned woman?) or in real life (as I’m sure he himself would attest). Shatner, also a macho jewish man (as opposed to nerdy images of Jews depicted in most mass media), by the way, is still going strong at 82, with a new one-man show out in which he reviews his career and (of course) the lasting appeal of “Star Trek.”

Shatner insisted on Uhura romance – Yahoo! News UK

Shatner insisted on Uhura romance – Yahoo! News UK.

Yes, that’s right Captain James T. Kirk insisted on grabbing Uhura and thrusting her into his sweaty chest!

William Shatner

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Seriously, for a Jewish man (who was not a big name back at the time) to insist on a steamy interracial love scene (which may have been the first on national television) was and is a huge deal.

Manuela as Uhura played by Nichelle

Manuela as Uhura played by Nichelle (Photo credit: Renée Turner)

So hats and toupees off to you, Bill Shatner, for loving black women enough to want to grab one for yourself!