Radio station bans Christmas classic, labelling it inappropriate

Bessie Dean
December 4, 2018

What happened: A radio station in Cleveland, Ohio, has made a decision to remove the classic "Baby, It's Cold Outside" from its holiday playlist after receiving multiple complaints from listeners, BBC News reports.

The couple would often sing "Baby It's Cold Outside" as their closing song to let guests know that the evening was coming to an end.

"We are aware of the controversy regarding "Baby, It's Cold Outside" and based on feedback from our listeners we have chose to pull the song from KOSI 101.1", said Program Director Jim Lawson in an email to FOX31.

The song was written by Frank Loesser, who also wrote the Broadway musical Guys and Dolls.

"The world we live in is extra sensitive now, and people get easily offended", Anderson said. 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.

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But concerned listeners have been calling out the song for several years over its apparent sinister message behind the songs lyrics.

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" and if you get a 'no", it means 'no" and you should stop right there".

Her other lines include: "Say, what's in this drink?"

Comedian and writer Jen Kirkman explained how the song may not be about a man persuading a woman to stay and have sex with him, but rather how a woman's reputation will suffer if she wants to stay, and does.

One Christmas classic may not survive the holidays this year, at least according to one radio station.

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