'Star Trek' alum William Shatner slams #metoo movement because he can't compliment 'women's legs' anymore
Shatner added how he had to rethink his compliments to women after he recently took a three-hour training course on sexual harassment in the workplace
Legendary actor William Shatner has expressed his true feelings towards the #metoo movement which has, in recent times, taken the world by storm. The 'Star Trek' alum said that the movement has become way too "hysterical", and has reached a point where he no longer puts his arms around fans at 'Star Trek' conventions.
Although he admitted that he was in full support of the movement, he felt it had become "like the French Revolution", and he had to rethink compliments like "looking good" or "great legs" with a lot of his fans and followers.
Shatner said, "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. I've got three daughters [aged 60, 57 and 54], I'm all for that." But at the same time, he said, "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." He added how he had to rethink his compliments to women after he recently took a three-hour training course on sexual harassment in the workplace as part of his role in the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF).
He said, "It's all about sensitizing you to what is harassment. You might say, as I have on numerous occasions, 'looking good', 'wow, what a great dress', 'great legs', 'I love your hair'. Nothing grabby, touchy-feely, nothing sexual."
As most would know, the #metoo movement began when scores of women came up on social media, including many celebrities, and opened up about their own stories of sexually harassment to highlight the scale of the issue. Before his recent comments on the movement, Shatner had slammed a radio station in Canada for taking Christmas song 'Baby It’s Cold Outside' off the air.
After the Canadian radio station banned the song, the actor tweeted last week: "Call in to CBC radio all day and get them to play 'Baby It's Cold Outside' over and over until midnight!" He further attempted to defend the song, and blasted all "2018 prudes" who "want to interpret the lyrics as something else".
The actor's own Christmas album, which is considered to be his 10th overall, was made in collaboration with big celebrity names like Iggy Pop, Billy Gibbons, Rick Wakeman, Ian Anderson, Henry Rollins and Judy Collins.