"Star Trek" icon William Shatner made the epic mistake of defending the Christmas classic "Baby, It's Cold Outside" against the onslaught of feminists who have been calling for radio stations to ban it completely from the airwaves, alleging it promotes date rape.
In response to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's (CBC) recent decision to ban the classic song, which they later reversed, Shatner called upon all his Twitter followers to pound the company with endless phone calls demanding the song be played over and over until midnight.
“Call into CBC radio all day and get them to play ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ over and over until midnight!” Shatner tweeted.
A user tweeted in response, "C'mon, Bill. Isn't there something, anything, you can find that is more important to rally for?"
Shatner replied that fighting censorship is indeed an important cause to rally for. "I would think that censorship of classics because certain 'types' need to judge things through their own 2018 myopic glasses and demand they be stricken from history is important. Or is this 1984 only 34 years too late?"
When another user suggested that Shatner was just "joking around" by defending the song, the "Star Trek" actor promptly replied, "I'm not actually."
Then, just to really turn up the heat, Shatner went on to say "he'd still call and request the song be played just to stick it to the Myopia Censorship Club members!"
When another Twitter user suggested that Shatner cares nothing for sexual assault victims, he schooled them on the song's original intent. "Have you watched the original choreography, myopic Peter or are you one of those who needs to take the lyrics & extrapolate worst case?" Shatner tweeted. "You must clutch your pearls over rap music. Here’s the original choreography from 1949."
"The choreography is the interpretation of the lyrics from the timeframe when it was written (the 1940’s)," Shatner continued. "If 2018 prudes want to interpret the lyrics as something else; the problem obviously lies in their own minds not in the original lyrics."
Shatner did have a few supporters rally to his side. "Way to go Bill. This PC stuff is nuts," said one user. "Let’s get em Bill!" said another.
In recent weeks, the classic Christmas tune has been portrayed as some kind of a "date rape anthem" by feminists who are unable to see the nuance in the song's flirtatious nature. It all began earlier this month when a Cleveland radio station banned "Baby, It's Cold Outside" entirely after some listeners complained it promoted date rape, even though the song's creator, Frank Loesser, intended it as a flirtatious song between a man and a woman on a cold winter's night. The song's critics typically overlook the part where the woman sings, "Baby, it's cold outside" in unison with her male partner, signifying that the two were always in sync. Frank Loesser's daughter recently asserted this was the case.
While some radio stations have banned the song entirely, others have reversed the ban after listeners voiced their disapproval. An informal poll on CBS New York shows a majority of people want "Baby, It's Cold Outside" kept on the radio.