Thursday, 14 November, 2019


Holiday song ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ frozen out by U.S. radio station

Hannah Rogers | 04 December, 2018, 23:15

"People might say, 'oh, enough with that #MeToo, ' but if you really put that aside and listen to the lyrics, it's not something I would want my daughter to be in that kind of a situation", midday host Desiray told Cleveland's Fox 8.

KOSI made a decision to pull the song from its catalog after receiving some calls of concern but then received a lot of feedback from those who consider the song a classic and not offensive in relation to other modern songs.

WDOK radio station, based in Cleveland, Ohio, say it is inappropriate in the #MeToo era.

But some people apparently got confused, and that has "led to misdirected complaints" to "Kansas City's Christmas Station", which has no plans to yank "Baby, It's Cold Outside" from its all-holiday song rotation, set to run through December 25. "We continue to play several versions including (one by) Idina Menzel and Michael Buble, and the classic Dean Martin version from the '50s".

Glenn Anderson, another host at the radio station, wrote in a blog post that although the song was written in a different time the lyrics felt "manipulative and wrong".

However, this year there's at least one radio station in the United States that won't be keeping up with this tradition.

A number of radio stations around the USA are taking the song "Baby It's Cold Outside" off the air because some feel the lyrics push the lines.

The tune takes the form of a back-and-forth conversation between a man attempting to dissuade his female date from leaving his house by arguing that the weather is bad.

The song was originally written for the 1944 film "Neptune's Daughter", and would go on to win Best Original Song at the Oscars that year. "The song seems odd now not cuz it's about coercing sex but about a woman who knows her reputation is ruined if she stays. The answer is no", and "Say, what's in this drink?"

Sondra Miller, president of the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, said that "in 2018, what we know is consent is "Yes" and if you get a "No" it means "No" and you should stop right there".

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