Iconic Christmas song ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’ is facing the potential of being frozen out by all major radio stations due to its questionable lyrics.
The track, while not written by Frank Loesser in 1944 with Christmas in mind, has seen the festive season since adopting the song due to its winter themes and was famously covered by Idina Menzel and Michael Buble in 2014.
The success of the song is etched in history after it featured in the 1949 film Neptune’s Daughter, a platform that led to Loesser’s work winning the Oscar for best original song.
However, the lyrics have been brought to the attention in the current #MeToo climate and, to be fair, their quite alarming. Basically, the female voice in the duet is trying to escape a date with a man and then alludes to her drink being spiked: “I’ve got to go away… Hey, what’s in this drink?” And, more defiantly, “The answer is no.”
As the female voice insists she wants to leave, the male voice continues to push: “Mind if I move in closer… Gosh, your lips are delicious… How can you do this thing to me?”
The call the ban the song from radio this Christmas has been called by Cleveland company WDOK, who said: “I do realize that when the song was written in 1944, it was a different time, but now while reading it, it seems very manipulative and wrong.”
Host Glenn Anderson added: “The world we live in is extra sensitive now, and people get easily offended, but in a world where #MeToo has finally given women the voice they deserve, the song has no place.”