I was reading up on the original Star Trek series and found this interesting tidbit:

The Spock character was at first rejected by network executives, who were apprehensive that his vaguely “Satanic” appearance (with pointed ears and eyebrows) might prove upsetting to some viewers, and (according to Leonard Nimoy) they repeatedly urged Roddenberry to “drop the Martian”. Roddenberry was also dismayed to discover that NBC’s publicity department deliberately airbrushed out Spock’s pointed ears and eyebrows from early publicity stills sent to network affiliates, because they feared that his ‘demonic’ appearance might offend potential buyers in the religiously conservative southern states.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Trek:_The_Original_Series#Characterizations

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  1. It all works out, though: Spock, however, went on to become one of the most popular characters on the show, as did McCoy’s impassioned country-doctor personality. Spock, in fact, became a sex symbol of sorts – something no one connected with the show had expected. Leonard Nimoy noted that the question of Spock’s extraordinary sex appeal emerged “almost any time I talked to someone in the press…I never give it a thought….to try to deal with the question of Mr. Spock as a sex symbol is silly.”

  2. Spock, however, went on to become one of the most popular characters on the show, as did McCoy’s impassioned country-doctor personality. Spock, in fact, became a sex symbol of sorts – something no one connected with the show had expected. Leonard Nimoy noted that the question of Spock’s extraordinary sex appeal emerged “almost any time I talked to someone in the press…I never give it a thought….to try to deal with the question of Mr. Spock as a sex symbol is silly.”]]>