Fox News Reporter Calls Star Trek ‘Woke’, Deep Space Nine Writer Pushes Back

Just like today, the 1960s were a time of great political turmoil. In fact, the similarities were overwhelming. Political violence was the order of the day, race relations were at breaking point, and America and Russia looked increasingly likely to kill everyone in a nuclear confrontation. Into the mix came Gene Roddenberry with a vision of a better future. The basic instincts of greed, racism, xenophobia and sexism would no longer define humanity; instead, in this future, cooperation and science would drive us forward. The political message of star trek It was clear.

However, even in 2022, Fox News doesn’t seem to have figured this out. Writing last week on the FoxNews website, David Marcus claimed that star trek the writers had taken “Starship Enterprise where it had never gone before – woke politics”. In the article, Marcus spotlights former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams cameo on Discovery of Star Trek and the 2020 Capitol Uprising being featured as part of America’s road to a second Civil War in Strange new worlds. Marcus calls it “pure partisan politics.”

The piece fits right in with the recent conservative trend of waging war on Hollywood and “awakening the culture.” Mainly fueled by young people, the emergence of “Wokism” petrified the right for a time, exploding after the Black Lives Matter protests. By emphasizing economic and racial injustice, the movement has shown a willingness to return to 1960s-style activism to achieve equality, which many find uncomfortable. As such, opponents have made a concerted effort to link “conscience” to extremism in order to give plausible denial to the opposition to the fight for justice.

Deep Space Nine the writer Robert Hewitt Wolfe had none of that. Writing on Twitter, Wolfe made it clear that older people star trek the authors disagreed with the assessment that their star trek was no less “woke” than current iterations. Starting off by calling Marcus “a moron,” Wolfe added a GIF depicting a famous scene from the DS9 episode “Bar Association”, where Quark’s bar workers attempt to form a union. “Workers of the world, unite,” Rom says in the clip, “You’ve got nothing to lose but your chains.”

The quote is from Karl Marx. However, it should be noted that “awakened” does not automatically mean that someone is a Marxist, and in turn, being a Marxist does not necessarily mean that someone is “awakened”. However, the scene highlights some of the leftist views that have always underpinned the franchise. While few, including Marcus himself, would conclude that star trek has never been on the right, he certainly hasn’t been in the center either.

A “Woke” Star Trek Story

Some aspects of The original series may, at first glance, seem attractive to individuals like Marcus. It may seem, for example, that proclaimed American ideals triumphed in the age of Captain Kirk and, given the prominence of American-born characters throughout the franchise, that American hegemony survived the 24th century.

This is not the case, however, as a closer look at the show’s fictional universe shows. The original show consistently pushed back against conservative narratives. For example, in 1968, Star Trek: The Original Series featured the first-ever on-screen interracial kiss, in this case between Kirk and Uhura, against the network’s wishes. In the same year, “A Private Little War” directly addressed the proxy wars of Vietnam and the Cold War, with Kirk arming “our side” to fight against “their side”, where the Klingons were replacing the then USSR. The episode was very critical of American foreign policy.

star trekThe progressive bent of goes far beyond individual episodes and scenes. The very existence of a multicultural, multiracial team was shocking to American audiences in the 1960s. Not only did a black woman like Nichelle Nichols (Uhura) figure prominently, but George Takei (Sulu) advanced Asian representation moving away from the stereotypes that had dominated until then. The show also featured a positive portrayal of Russian Pavel Chekhov and was led by two Jewish actors, William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy.

star trekThe positive influence of was such that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. himself urged Nichols not to leave the show, emphasizing the influential role the media could play in achieving black equality.

And this focus on progressive politics didn’t stop there. Star Trek IV: The Journey Home had such a strong environmental message that it was impossible to miss. The next generation addressed HIV/AIDS when the Reagan administration actively stigmatized it as a “gay disease”. Traveler placed a woman in charge of a spaceship. Meanwhile, Avery Brooks (Benjamin Sisko) became just the third black American male actor to star in a first-run television drama when he directed Deep Space Nine.

Speaking of Deep Space Ninewe can only assume that Marcus missed Season 3’s “Past Tense” episode. In the scenes referenced in the most recent season of picard, he learned that, in the past, America sank into oppression and fascism. Plagued by economic disparity, the US government has turned against its own people and ghettoized the poor, sick, mentally ill, and homeless.

The episode is partly inspired by the 1971 Attica prison riot. If “Past Tense” aired today, it’s easy to imagine Twitter obsessing over it for weeks! But even if Fox News would like to claim otherwise, these traditions of dystopian fiction have been around for a long time thanks to visionary writers who saw the dangers that existed in society and wrote about them.

Many of these predictions have sadly come true, and while some would wage war on “awakening,” perhaps what they are really doing is waging war on those who would speak truth to power and bring to light our own failures as humans. beings. It’s something that star trek has always excelled.

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