Sunday, 16 December, 2018

'Baby It's Cold Outside' pulled from Cleveland radio station amid #MeToo movement

Cleveland radio station ices out 'Baby It's Cold Outside' from rotation citing #MeToo Christmas FM confirm they won't be playing 'Baby, It's Cold Outside' due to its controversial lyrics
Herman Weaver | 04 December, 2018, 23:15

Debate over the well-known tune "Baby It's Cold Outside" has been brewing for some years, but a radio station in OH has taken the unprecedented step of refusing to play the song ahead of the Christmas period, because it is "no longer appropriate". The duet normally has a male singer offering "a half a drink more" in an effort to keep the woman around, despite her concerns her parents will be anxious.

Glenn Anderson, a presenter at the Star 102 radio station, said in a blog that although the song was written in a different era, the lyrics felt "manipulative and wrong".

Anyway, Christmas FM has since stated via Twitter that the song wasn't banned at all, but merely that the song itself didn't resonate with listeners and was dropped a year ago as a result.

A number of radio stations around the USA are taking the song "Baby It's Cold Outside" off the air because some feel the lyrics push the lines.

Local media say that listeners said the song was inappropriate, and stood against the #MeToo movement.

But some people apparently got confused, and that has "led to misdirected complaints" to "Kansas City's Christmas Station", which has no plans to yank "Baby, It's Cold Outside" from its all-holiday song rotation, set to run through December 25.

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"I'm so exhausted of this", Kirkman tweeted.

Comedian Jen Kirkman said it was not about coercive sex but a woman "who knows her reputation is ruined if she stays". But one of her lines, "Say, what's in this drink?" jumps out in this time of powerful men like Bill Cosby having to pay the consequences of sexual assault. He would like her to stay and she wants to go home.

WDOK also posted a poll to its website, asking listeners if they think the song should be aired, though results are not publicly viewable.

"I do not believe it's about rape - it's a playful banter from a time when a woman would have been concerned people would think badly of her for staying, even if she wanted to".

Mrs Kirkman added that people should instead be outraged over the double standards for women than men but that people should still enjoy the song. Loesser sold the song to MGM for the movie "Neptune's Daughter".

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