'Me Too' era: Radio stations removing "Baby It's Cold Outside"

Christmas FM confirm they won't be playing 'Baby, It's Cold Outside' due to its controversial lyrics

It seems the station received a call complaining the song is inappropriate in 2018, and after a listener poll on the WDOK website supported this sentiment, they chose to ban the song from their Christmas radio play.

Cleveland radio station WDOK removed the song from its list of holiday music after objections from listeners, host Desiray McCray told local media last week.

"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", Star 102 host Glen Anderson explained in a blog post.

The song was originally written for the 1944 film "Neptune's Daughter", and would go on to win Best Original Song at the Oscars that year.

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

The woman's lines say "I really can't stay" and "Say, what's in this drink", and his lines include "Beautiful what's your hurry" and "Baby don't hold out".

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WDOK Christmas 102.1 said the lyrics were predatory as a man tries to stop a woman from leaving a party despite her repeated protestations.

I'm so exhausted of this.

One line, "Say what's in this drink?"

Comedian and writer Jen Kirkman explained how the song may not be about a man persuading a woman to stay and have sex with him, but rather how a woman's reputation will suffer if she wants to stay, and does.

Whether the song is controversial or not or should be played can continue to be debated, but there's one thing we can all agree on - and that's that the version with Tom Jones and Cerys Matthews from Catatonia is a banger. "She wanted to get down and stay over". Erasing history won't change the future, education will.



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