Sunday, 16 December, 2018

'Baby, It's Cold Outside' banned by OH radio station amid #MeToo movement

Esther Williams and Ricardo Montalbán's perform Esther Williams and Ricardo Montalbán's perform"Baby It's Cold Outside in the 1949 film"Neptune's Daughter
Stacy Diaz | 04 December, 2018, 11:53

The tune featured lines including: "Say, what's in this drink?", "I really can't stay / Baby don't hold out" and "I ought to say no, no, no / Mind if I move in closer?"

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

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. Moreover, the song itself was about the idea of an unchaperoned woman fretting - and then ignoring - the implications of being in a man's house during the night, and claiming that it's "cold outside" as a reason to stay.

The #MeToo movement exploded on social media previous year after accusations of sexual abuse were made public against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein. "But baby its cold outside". Not when women who have felt silenced for decades have finally found a voice in the "Me Too" movement.

In 1944, Frank Loesser wrote a call and response duet for him and his wife to perform at fancy parties.

Many furious listeners were so horrified at the station's decision that they threatened to boycott it, branding those who wanted the song removed "snowflakes".

I'm so exhausted of this.

Star 102 brands itself as "Cleveland's Christmas Station". 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.

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.