Holiday song ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ frozen out by USA radio station

Danny Woods
December 4, 2018

A representative for CBC Radio was unable to answer whether its stations include the Christmas song in its current rotation.

In case you need a reminder, "Baby Its Cold Outside" centers around a conversation between a couple during which the man tries to convince the woman not to venture out into the bad weather.

"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.

However many have branded people who want the song removed as "snowflakes" and labelled the decision as an over the top reaction.

At least two of the country's biggest radio operators - Rogers Media and Bell Media - say they've made a decision to pull the controversial Christmas favourite out of their rotations this year. Let us know at the bottom whether you think the tune deserves to be banned.

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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. The man replies: "Mind if I move in closer?"

Special criticism has been reserved for the line "say, what's in this drink", which has been accused of carrying the implication that the woman's drink has been spiked. The man ignores the question and replies: "No cabs to be had out there". 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. "We got invited to all the best parties for years on the basis of 'Baby.' It was our ticket to caviar and truffles".

But commentators have said that the song was from a different time and that women
were not allowed to spend the night with a boyfriend in the 1940s. "The song seems odd now not cuz it's about coercing sex but about a woman who knows her reputation is ruined if she stays".

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

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