Former “Star Trek” star William Shatner is really miffed about the hubbub over the Christmas holiday song “Baby It’s Cold Outside.”
Some radio stations have stopped playing the holiday hit, claiming the lyrics are misogynistic and inappropriate in the age the #MeToo movement.
Shatner says that’s poppycock.
“It’s just offering an invitation and presenting an argument for not leaving,” Shatner, 87, told DailyMail TV about the song. “You’re not saying, ‘I’m closing the door and you can’t leave!’ It’s not force, it’s verbal persuasion, which works in the act.”
“In 2018 we have the #MeToo movement, which I think is great, that these hidden forces are exposed and not to be allowed and women have equal rights,” Shatner added. “I’ve got three daughters [ages 60, 57 and 54], I’m all for that. But if you look back at things that were written and said 20, 30 years ago, it’s a different context, and you’ve got to judge it by that context.
“Rape and pillage, absolutely not — those are crimes against humanity. But saying ‘Would you make love with me?’ and the opposing party says ‘yes’ or ‘no,’ I can’t fathom what’s wrong with that,” he said.
He added, “It’s like saying, ‘Would you have dinner, would you like to write a song with me, would you do an interview?’ I’m not insulted by you asking me to do an interview. Maybe it’s my mindset based on the years I’ve lived, but I’m trying to be fair and I don’t see the problem.”
Shatner has taken a hard line on the song from the beginning. On Dec. 12, the 87-year-old actor took to Twitter to tell people to call a radio station to demand it play the song. “Call in to CBC radio all day and get them to play ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ over and over until midnight!” Shatner wrote.
Shatner also referred to George Orwell’s classic. “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?” the “T.J. Hooker” star said.
“Baby It’s Cold Outside” was written by Frank Loesser in 1944 and featured in the 1949 movie “Neptune’s Daughter.” It went on to win the Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 22nd Academy Awards.
Just for a refresher, here are the lyrics (and here’s the film version — you’ll notice that the movie features a reprise of the song, with the roles reversed):
I really can’t stay (but baby, it’s cold outside)
I’ve got to go away (but baby, it’s cold outside)
This evening has been (been hoping that you’d drop in)
So very nice (I’ll hold your hands, they’re just like ice)
My mother will start to worry (beautiful what’s your hurry?)
My father will be pacing the floor (listen to the fireplace roar)
So really I’d better scurry (beautiful please don’t hurry)
But maybe just a half a drink more (put some records on while I pour)
The neighbors might think (baby, it’s bad out there)
Say what’s in this drink? (no cabs to be had out there)
I wish I knew how (your eyes are like starlight now)
To break this spell (I’ll take your hat, your hair looks swell)
I ought to say, no, no, no sir (mind if I move in closer?)
At least I’m gonna say that I tried (what’s the sense in hurtin’ my pride?)
I really can’t stay (oh baby don’t hold out)
But baby, it’s cold outside
I simply must go (but baby, it’s cold outside)
The answer is no (but baby, it’s cold outside)
Your welcome has been (how lucky that you dropped in)
So nice and warm (look out the window at this dawn)
My sister will be suspicious (gosh your lips look delicious)
My brother will be there at the door (waves upon the tropical shore)
My maiden aunts mind is vicious (gosh your lips are delicious)
But maybe just a cigarette more (never such a blizzard before)
I’ve gotta get home(but baby, you’d freeze out there)
Say lend me a coat (it’s up to your knees out there)
You’ve really been grand (I thrill when you touch my hand)
But don’t you see? (how can you do this thing to me?)
There’s bound to be talk tomorrow (think of my lifelong sorrow)
At least there will be plenty implied (if you got pnuemonia and died)
I really can’t stay (get over that old out)
Baby, it’s cold
Baby, it’s cold outside