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Cleveland Radio Station Bans Song "Baby, It's Cold Outside"

04 December 2018, 11:14 | Myron Mathis

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PC stuff is getting ridiculous’ Radio stations axe Christmas classic due to #MeToo concerns

Apparently the song has been subject to scrutiny for years, even prior to the #MeToo movement which Mr Anderson cited in his explanation.

KOSI chose to pull the song from its catalog after receiving some calls of concern but then received a lot of feedback from those who consider the song a classic and not offensive in relation to other modern songs.

"Baby it's Cold Outside" was deemed sexist by listeners.

Other radio stations across the country have pulled the song saying that the lyrics are inappropriate.

"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".

However lines in the song, which has been covered by artists including Louis Armstrong, Dean Martin, Dolly Parton and Michael Buble, have been accused of encouraging rape and drink spiking.

Weekday host Glenn Anderson noted the song was written in a different era, but "now while reading it, it seems very manipulative and wrong".

"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.

"I simply must go (But baby it's cold outside)", "The answer is no (But baby it's cold outside)", and perhaps most controversially: "Say what's in this drink?"

"There are other songs on the radio that are much more inappropriate than "Baby, It's Cold Outside", and those songs are being played 90% of the year", another agreed. 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.

"But in a world where #MeToo has finally given women the voice they deserve, the song has no place".

Sondra Miller, CEO of the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, analyses the line, "I really can't stay".

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".

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