Star Trek’s William Shatner is going where few men have gone before, criticizing the #MeToo movement.
In an interview with DailyMailTV, the 87-year-old Shatner said he felt that the #MeToo movement is taking some things out of context.
“But if you look back at things that were written and said 20, 30 years ago, it’s a different context,” Shatner said. “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.
“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 did praise the movement for exposing hidden harassment in the entertainment business. “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 said. “I’ve got three daughters, I’m all for that.”
He also suggested that the “firebrands” who have led the movement should step away and let more “business-like people” take over as spokespeople.
“I’ve got three daughters and I’m glad that they have more opportunity,” he said. “At the same time, it’s become hysterical. It’s a whole new culture. The whole business has changed. The whole man-woman relationship has changed to a severe degree.”
Criticized later on social media for being out of touch, Shatner refused to back down.