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The actor has made some controversial comments about #MeToo (Picture: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

William Shatner has made some controversial comments about the #MeToo movement, claiming that it has become hysterical.

The Star Trek actor suggested that some women use the movement as a weapon and said it doesnt consider context, while discussing the controversy surrounding Christmas classic Baby Its Cold Outside.

Speaking to Daily Mail TV, the 87-year-old 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. Ive got three daughters [aged 60, 57 and 54], Im all for that.

But if you look back at things that were written and said 20, 30 years ago, its a different context. And youve 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 cant fathom whats wrong with that.

Shatner suggested some women use #MeToo as a weapon (Picture: AFP PHOTO / Mark RALSTON/Getty Images)

Shatner said that firebrands should no longer front the campaign, adding: Its become hysterical. Its a whole new culture. The whole business has changed.

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The whole man-woman relationship has changed to a severe degree.

This came as Shatner called for his followers to tweet Canadian radio station CBC to play Baby Its Cold Outside after they banned it, believing it to promote date rape and ignore consent.

The actor said: ”Youre not saying Im closing the door and you cant leave. Its not force, its verbal persuasion, which works in the act.

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He earlier tweeted: The choreography is the interpretation of the lyrics from the timeframe when it was written(1940s.) If 2018 prudes want to interpret the lyrics as something else; the problem obviously lies in their own minds not in the original lyrics.

Following his comments on #MeToo, William defended himself, claiming that women use #MeToo as a weapon when he doesnt give them an autograph.

He tweeted: Im offended that you used that without even understanding my issue. It shows ignorance.

My issue is that women use me too as a weapon when they dont get an autograph, when they dont get their way, etc & the circus that ensues is comical and sad. aka hysterical. [sic].

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