It’s one thing to tell an interviewer you’re “writing a story about prejudice” and imbue it with enough anodyne neutrality and obfuscating mixed metaphors to not scare off the bigot market, and another entirely to nail your flag to the mast and stick to it even if it upsets friends and loved ones.

Compare and contrast the Star Trek episode about the warring monotone aliens whose colours were on the opposite sides of their faces with the Star Trek episode that took off the make-up, planted its characters in ’50s New York and yelled at the audience “it’s about racism, you morons.”