Star Trek: DOIN IT RONG
OH MY GOD FUCK THIS EPISODE SO MUCH
TOS was like the first TV show ever to have an African American actress in a seriously important role - that was fucking huge. that was groundbreaking.
Next Gen did still manage to cast a few POC (though apparently almost everyone is white anyway in the 24th century ummm yeah sure that makes total sense), and wouldn’t it have been nice if they had continued TOS’s tradition of taking people’s prejudices and punching them in the face? that would have been awesome, right?
because I mean it was the 90s and this is a show about the 24th century
so you think maybe they could have deigned to start representing some other marginalized groups as well
like I don’t know
gay people or something
but instead they go almost 4 seasons without even acknowledging the possibility of gay people or gay relationships, and when they finally do it is to shit all over them
awesome thanks a lot Next Gen
fuck you very much.
(oh hey and while we’re on the subject of representation I really like how there was only one female bridge crew member [unless you count Troi], and she made it through one season. oh yeah except when you kept bringing her back to kill her off again.
I checked wikipedia to confirm, you assholes: Tasha has three death storylines and two rape storylines.
PLEASE GO STRAIGHT TO HELL
DO NOT PASS GO
DO NOT COLLECT $200)
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“Uhura” comes from the Swahili word UHURU meaning “freedom”. Uhura was pretty much the first ever black main character on American television who was not a maid or a domestic servant in 1966. TV network NBC refused to let Nichelle Nichols be a regular, claiming Deep South affiliates would be angered, so Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry hired her as a “day worker,” but still included her in almost every episode. She actually made more money than any of the other actors through this workaround, and it was kept secret from the other actors, but it was still a humiliating second-class status. The network people made life hard for Nichols, constantly trying to pare down her screen time, purposefully dropping racist comments in her presence and even withholding her fan mail from her.This deplorable state of affairs led Nichols to make the decision to quit after the 1st season, but then she happened to meet the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. who pleaded with her to stick with the show because as a Black woman she was portraying the first non-stereotypical role on television.
Relevant to all my interests.
this is an Uhura and Nichelle Nichols appreciation blog. haters out the nearest airlock.
Nichelle Nichols rocks my novelty embroidered space-themed socks.