A U.S. radio station has removed Baby It's Cold Outside from its Christmas playlist claiming the song's lyrics are at odds with the #MeToo movement.
He announced on the pop music station's website last week the song would no longer be in its holiday music playlist.
"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. 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.
The woman's lines say "I really can't stay" and "Say, what's in this drink", and his lines include "Beautiful what's your hurry" and "Baby don't hold out".
The local listeners reportedly felt that the song doesn't jive well with 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.
Complaints: These radio listeners aren't the only ones to complain about the song.
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I'm so exhausted of this.
She said: "The song seems odd now not because it's about coercing sex but about a woman who knows her reputation is ruined if she stays".
When the woman says "the answer is no" the man responds: "But baby, it's cold outside".
Only six percent of respondents to the station's own poll said they thought the song was inappropriate with the vast majority threatening to stop tuning in until it is played again. "She wanted to get down and stay over". IMO - I don't think it's "rapey".
But on Twitter some people could see why the song could be offensive.
The song, originally from the 1949 film Neptune's Daughter, is based on a male singer attempting to dissuade his date from her attempts to leave his house by arguing that the weather is bad.