Backlash After Radio Station Axes Popular Christmas Song

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

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.

Midday host Desiray said that they pulled it from their around-the-clock rotation of Christmas music after a call from a listener who objected.

WDOK radio station, based in Cleveland, Ohio, say it is inappropriate in the #MeToo era.

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"Baby, It's Cold Outside" has been considered a holiday classic ever since it won the Academy Award for best original song in the film "Neptune's Daughter".

The Midwestern US radio station's decision drew a barrage of comments on social media, where many people wrote that it was taking #MeToo too far and that the lyrics were playful and harmless.

It also features lyrics such as: "I simply must go (But baby it's cold outside) The answer is no (But baby it's cold outside)".

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The song, first penned by Frank Loesser (Guys and Dolls) in 1944 as a duet for him to sing with his wife at parties.

The tune takes the form of a back-and-forth conversation between a man attempting to dissuade his female date from leaving his house by arguing that the weather is bad.

The controversy over political correctness with the song has picked up in recent years, especially after the #MeToo movement.

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". 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.

While another did see how the lyrics were inappropriate, but pointed out by not playing the song won't change much.

Sondra Miller, president of the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, said that "in 2018, what we know is consent is "Yes" and if you get a "No" it means "No" and you should stop right there".

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