USA: Radio station stops playing 'Baby, It's Cold Outside'


A Madison radio station has pulled a now-controversial seasonal song from its airwaves, a station leader said.

Keyes said there haven't been any complaints about "Baby, It's Cold Outside" to the station, but that the tone of the song in 2018 is different from when it was originally written in the 1940s. Critics say the lyrics describe a date rape scenario.

"I'm sure that this was not the first time people have listened to 'Baby, It's Cold Outside, and thought, 'Ooh, that sounds a little coercive, '" said Ange-Marie Hancock Alfaro, chair of the USC gender studies department.

The most popular version of the song, written in 1944, is Dean Martin's version, from his 1959 album "A Winter Romance".

"The world we live in is extra sensitive now, and people get easily offended, but in a world where #MeToo has finally given women the voice they deserve, the song has no place", he said in a statement.

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The radio station, which exclusively plays Christmas music during the holiday season, said a poll showed a majority of listeners were in favor of removing the song from the station's playlist. I would get annoyed because it's a song my father wrote for him and my mother to sing at parties. "Back then it didn't mean you drugged me". "You know, this drink is going straight to my head, so what's in this drink?" she added.

After the song was used in the romantic Comedy "Neptune's Daughter", where she was cast as a dialogue between a man and a woman, who persistently asks her to stay.

"Say, what's in this drink?" she sings and "I simply must go ... the answer is no".

Broadway composer Frank Loesser and his wife and musical partner Lynn are shown, April 26, 1956 in NY. "I think you have to look at the intent of the song and when you look at the intent, to me, it's a very flirtatious back-and-forth between the two of them".

Bret Saunders, a longtime KBCO radio host and jazz columnist for The Denver Post, talked to Colorado Matters about the debate over "Baby, It's Cold Outside" and other songs that have aged poorly.