William Shatner Likens #MeToo Movement to French Revolution If Not Policed
"I keep asking who is policing it because there’s a lot using it for their own personal vendettas that have nothing to do with the points of the movement," the actor said.
William Shatner on Saturday reaffirmed that he supports #MeToo, but he has serious concerns that the movement has gone too far.
The Star Trek icon recently gave an interview to DailyMailTV in which defended the Christmas song "Baby It's Cold Outside" — which came under fire this season for being inappropriate — at the same time calling the #MeToo movement "hysterical." He also likened it to the French Revolution.
"It's a whole new culture," the actor said in the interview. "The whole business has changed. The whole man-woman relationship has changed to a severe degree." Shatner added it has even changed the way he interacts with fans.
"People say, 'Can I put my arm around you?' I say, 'Yes, of course.' But I don't. I've changed my behavior to quite a degree… because it's a revolution," he said.
On Saturday, Shatner addressed those comments via Twitter with those who were upset over his remarks.
One user asked how the actor could go from supporting the movement to then calling it completely hysterical.
"Never said that. I basically said it’s going too far with some. I have 3 daughters so of course those issues concern me. It’s the ones co-opting it for personal vendettas. It needs to be policed or it will become akin to the French Revolution," Shatner tweeted.
Responding to another user, Shatner wrote, "I keep asking who is policing it because there’s a lot using it for their own personal vendettas that have nothing to do with the points of the movement. I likened it to the French Revolution because it started with trying to right noble injustices & descended into chaos."