William Shatner, the legendary actor who made Captain Kirk a household name, has stirred up yet more leftist outrage on Twitter. The 86-year-old has made clear in the past that he’s not a fan of social justice warriors, and when he pushed back this weekend against attempts at conflating 1960’s civil rights activism with the crybully tactics of the “snowflakes,” Twitter melted down.
When one follower wrote, “Just remember that the same people that throw around the SJW stuff today would have been calling for Gene’s head when you kissed Nichelle,” Shatner called out the social justice left for misandry and snowflakery.
“SJWs stand for inequality, where they are superior to any one else hence my use of Misandry and Snowflake,” he wrote Sunday night, adding, “Why is it that SJW’s think they can align themselves with those that demanded social reform in the 60’s?”
Misandry, the hatred of men, is something the actor has touched on before. “Misandry does exist & toxic masculinity is a skewed definition. So boohoo that I used a word you don’t believe exists & on a phrase,” he tweeted back in June.
The SJW statement, like everything ever posted on Twitter, was met with strong reactions from both sides. Shatner, who is very active on Twitter, engaged with a few of his critics:
Shatner also elaborated on his point a bit with a few followers. When one follower wrote, “99% of the time as soon as a SJW can label you as white, old or conservtive they dismiss you w/ an insult. It’s not about raising people up,” Shatner agreed.
“It’s marginalization; which is what they are fighting about,” wrote Shatner.
Shatner’s initial tweet kicked off a series of entertaining and revealing exchanges between followers. One strain began with a man agreeing with the captain: “They’ve no comprehension of the stark difference between valid causes and manufactured grievances.”
“Two old men agree that the youths are no good, olden days were better, that cloud needs a talkin’ to…” responded one Twitterer in classic SJW style.
Here’s the back and forth, which I think we can all agree Emma ultimately wins: