This radio station is banning 'Baby, It's Cold Outside.' Here's why
Dec 04 2018
It seems the station received a call complaining the song is inappropriate in 2018, and after a listener poll on the WDOK website supported this sentiment, they made a decision to ban the song from their Christmas radio play.
"Baby It's Cold Outside" has been covered by Lady Gaga, Tom Jones and Dean Martin among others and featured in the children's film Elf, which stars Will Ferrell. The woman sings: "I ought to say, no, no, no sir".
The #MeToo movement exploded on social media a year ago after accusations of sexual abuse were made public against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.
"Baby It's Cold Outside", which was written by "Guys and Dolls" songwriter Frank Loesser in 1944, was not suitable in the age of #MeToo, said the station's hosts in Cleveland Ohio.
But concerned listeners have been calling out the song for several years over its apparent sinister message behind the songs lyrics. Not when women who have felt silenced for decades have finally found a voice in the "Me Too" movement.
They're certainly not the first to question the song's undertones and criticize the duet, in which one singer tries to persuade the other to stay and their exchanges include lyrics like "What's in this drink?" and "Baby, don't hold out". "The tune might be catchy, but let's maybe not promote that sort of an idea".
Sondra Miller, CEO of the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, analyses the line, "I really can't stay. The character in the song is saying 'no, ' and they're saying well, 'does no really mean yes?' And I think in 2018 what we know is consent is 'yes'". "The answer is no", and "Say, what's in this drink?" "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".
However in an online petition by the radio station 94% of respondents said they would rather keep the song and only 6% argued that it was inappropriate.