Published: Tue, December 04, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Dora Pope

Holiday song Baby It's Cold Outside axed because of 'inappropriate lyrics'

Holiday song Baby It's Cold Outside axed because of 'inappropriate lyrics'

Over the last several years, many have called the song "date-rapey" in reference to the lyrics "Say, what's in this drink?"

Origins: Frank Loesser ("Guys and Dolls") wrote the song as a duet for himself and his wife back in 1944, according to Entertainment Weekly.

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. Moreover, the song itself was about the idea of an unchaperoned woman fretting - and then ignoring - the implications of being in a man's house during the night, and claiming that it's "cold outside" as a reason to stay.

"I can only speak for my own experience, but personally I adore this song and have never been offended by it or freaked out by it", one posted in the comments, saying they were a survivor and part of the Me Too movement.

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Why: Glenn Anderson, a host for the radio station that banned the song, said the lyrics felt "manipulative and wrong".

Comedian Jen Kirkman said it was not about coercive sex but a woman "who knows her reputation is ruined if she stays". "Say what's in this drink" is an old movie line from the 30's that means "I'm telling the truth".

"It really pushed the line of consent", Cleveland Rape Crisis Center President and CEO Sondra Miller told Fox News". "She wanted to get down and stay over".

"This song IS inappropriate, but I also understand it was written in the 40s".

A radio station in OH pulled a Christmas oldie from its playlist because some people could be offended by its rakish lyrics - and a Kansas City radio station is catching grief for it.

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