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Cheerios spot stirs bigotry?

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By John Pawlak

In 1958, the movie “Tamango” (featuring Dorothy Dandridge, a black actress) and Curd Jurgens (a white actor) nearly caused riots when they did the unthinkable. They kissed.
It was the first interracial kiss in cinema. The movie was banned in the United States because it violated the race-mixing code of the Motion Picture Production Code.
It took 10 more years for someone to try it again. This time, it was a TV series that broke the taboo between white and black. On “Star Trek” (1968 episode “Plato’s Children”), Captain James Kirk and communications officer Nyota Uhura shocked audiences and entered the record books by exchanging the first interracial kiss on television.
Ah, but all that ruckus about interracial relations was more than 40 years ago. Americans have learned to accept and embrace diversity.
Clint Eastwood and Vonetta McGee kissing (1970s) in “The Eiger Sanction.” Roger Moore (007) doing the dirty deed with Grace Jones (1980s). And the 1990s capped off the millennium with Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston doing it to music.
This isn’t an issue anymore, right?


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