No, Kirk and Uhura didn’t share the first interracial kiss on television

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Great post from Fake History Hunter:

It is often said that the first interracial kiss on TV was the (involuntary) kiss between Captain James Tiberius Kirk (William Shatner) and translator and communications officer Nyota Uhura (Nichelle Nichols) in the Star Trek episode “Plato’s Stepchildren” that was broadcast on the 22nd of November 1968.

This is not the case.

There had of course been interracial kisses before in Star Trek but these were between humans and aliens but for some reason those don’t count when people are talking about interracial kissing.

A lot of people seem to be obsessed with people with different skin colours kissing each other but are fine with people kissing aliens from other planets.

And nobody seems to mention the interracial kiss between two women that was broadcast in an 1966 Star Trek episode! ( Uhura kisses Nurse Chapel in episode; ‘What are little girls made of’) and Kirk himself had kissed Lt. Marlena Moreau (Eurasian heritage).

Kirk also kissed Filipino Marlena Moreau, French-Vietnamese France Nuyen and Sulu kisses Uhura her neck in earlier episodes.

But besides this, there had been other interracial kisses on TV before the kiss between Kirk and Uhura.


If you’re familiar with the Deep Space Nine time-travel episode “Trials and Tribble-ations” this next meme will have a bit more context. but I think the joke stands pretty much on its own.