William Shatner, best known for his role as ladies' man Capt. James T. Kirk on the original Star Trek, is speaking up for a song that's created controversy lately.
The Oscar-winning tune Baby, It's Cold Outside has sparked heated debate over how its 1944 lyrics read to some modern eyes.
The duet features a man and woman volleying back and forth as he tries to convince her to stay with him. But what some see as innocent flirtation, others view as suggestive of date rape, especially the line, "Say, what's in this drink?"
CBC Music, a Canadian FM radio network operated by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, pulled the song from two of its holiday-music streams last week but now has restored it. When Shatner, himself a Canadian, began tweeting about the song on Tuesday, the CBC hadn't yet restored the tune.
First, Shatner urged his Twitter audience to, "Call in to CBC radio all day and get them to play 'Baby It's Cold Outside' over and over until midnight."
Some fans chided Shatner for getting involved in what they saw as a minor controversy, or pointed out the squirmy sections of the song's lyrics.
But others felt he was striking a blow against extreme political correctness.
Some assumed Shatner was just goofing around, but no, the captain was boldly going exactly where he planned to go.
Even when the CBC reversed its decision, Shatner encouraged readers to keep the phone calls coming.
"I'd still call and request the song be played just to stick it to the Myopia Censorship Club members!" he wrote.
Shatner is a fitting defender of the song. Not only does he have a new CD, Shatner Claus, where he duets with noted singers on classic Christmas songs, but Capt. Kirk seems like the kind of guy who might've convinced a woman to stay a little later in his quarters on the USS Enterprise back in the day.
Baby It's Cold Outside, which is more a winter song than a Christmas tune, isn't on Shatner's album.
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