On Sunday, William Shatner took to Twitter to rail against SJWs — social justice warriors — and fans of the Canadian-born sci-fi icon aren’t quite sure what’s gotten him so riled up.
For those wondering what an SJW is, Wikipedia defines it as “a perjorative term for an individual promoting socially progressive views, including feminism, civil rights, multiculturalism and identity politics.”
So far, so good. However, the term is also something of a slur, with SJWs accused of “pursuing personal validation rather than any deep-seated conviction, and being engaged in disingenuous social justice arguments or activism to raise personal reputation, also known as virtue signalling.”
It’s the latter part of that definition that has apparently set off the 86-year-old former “Star Trek” captain, who’s been railing against SJWs in tweets such as these:
One Twitter user asked Shatner point blank why exactly he was so upset with SJWs.
His reply: “Shining a spotlight on their antics.”
Obviously, Shatner has a right to his opinion, but his use of certain buzzwords such as “snowflake” and others commonly used by the alt-right movement has proven confusing to “Star Trek” fans who revere Shatner as much as the show’s trailblazing progressiveness.
So has Shatner embraced the alt-right movement or is he merely trying to stir up a debate?
Judging by a tweet he issued on Monday about his controversial tweetstorm, it appears to be the latter.