William Shatner calls those wanting censorship of 'Baby, It's Cold Outside' prudes

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William Shatner supports the wintertime classic “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” (Photo: Christopher Polk/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
William Shatner supports the wintertime classic “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” (Photo: Christopher Polk/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

William Shatner is still a fan of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.”

While the classic seasonal song has faced some adversity this year due to its questionable lyrics — with some radio stations even refusing to play the tune, because in the lyrics, the woman’s “no” doesn’t stop the man from insisting — the 87-year-old isn’t standing for the censorship.

The former Star Trek star recently tweeted his support of the song and instructed his supporters to call into the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) radio station to request the song after it was publicized that CBC too had “no plans to play it going forward.”

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I would think that censorship of classics because certain ‘types’ need to judge things through their own 2018 myopic glasses and demand they be stricken from history is important. Or is this 1984 … only 34 years too late?” the star tweeted to a naysayer.

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Shatner even shut down fans who thought he was only joking about the song.

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The actor even compared the lyrics to that of modern music, tweeting, “You must clutch your pearls over rap music.”

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“Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” was written in 1944. At the time, “What’s in this drink?” was a common joke that suggested a drink wasn’t strong enough. The female singer even mentions that she “ought” to say no, suggesting that she does want to stay with the man. While in 2018, that wouldn’t fly for consent, perhaps in 1944 it was romantic.

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