The Christmas classic has been pulled from radio stations as many deem the lyrics of the song problematic and even call it a ‘date rape’ anthem.
For people who love to listen to “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” during holiday season, it looks like you won’t be able to hear it on radio anymore. The Christmas classic has been pulled from a Cleveland radio station, with many other stations across the country following, after listeners complained about its inappropriate lyrics.
Many have deemed the lyrics of the song problematic as it tells the story of a man pulling out all the stops to try to get his female companion to stay the night. Some even called it a “date rape” anthem due to the “What’s in the drink?” line. They thought that the man might have put something in her drink to make her stay the night despite her refusal.
“I gotta be honest, I didn’t understand why the lyrics were so bad… Until I read them,” radio host Glenn Anderson explained the decision to ban the song. “Now, 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. 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.”
However, not a few were angered by stations’ decision to pull out “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” from its holiday playlist. A lot of people took to Twitter to express their concern about the decision, deeming it “ridiculous.” One user tweeted, “This is so ridiculous. It’s a song. A poem. Open to interpretation. This is getting out of control. Sensitive babies.”
This is so ridiculous. It’s a song. A poem. Open to interpretation. This is getting out of control. Sensitive babies.
— Slacker13 (@jonrslack) December 1, 2018
“This world. Man, no wonder aliens don’t visit us,” another posted along with a GIF of people facepalming in frustration. “Do people really not have anything more important in their lives than searching for things to be offended about!!! I am offended at the high cost of electricity, phone cable/ wifi but not flippin shows and songs!!!”
This world. Man, no wonder aliens don’t visit us. 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/NtflxmyLgd
— Danny Wood (@Dannywood86) December 1, 2018
Do people really not have anything more important in their lives than searching for things to be offended about!!! I am offended at the high cost of electricity, phone cable/ wifi but not flippin shows and songs!!!!
— Debi (@dsw4au) December 1, 2018
“Baby, It’s Cold Outside” was penned by Frank Loesser in 1944 as a duet for him to sing with his wife at parties. The duet has become a holiday classic ever since, with popular stars such as Dolly Parton and Rod Stewart as well as Michael Buble and Idina Menzel covering it.