‘Date rape song’ Baby It’s Cold Outside banned

Debate over the well-known tune "Baby It's Cold Outside" has been brewing for some years, but a radio station in OH has taken the unprecedented step of refusing to play the song ahead of the Christmas period, because it is "no longer appropriate".

"I think it's taking a 2018 lens on a song that was written a very long time ago". The female vocalist sings, "I really can't stay", to which the male singer responds, "But baby, it's cold outside".

Over the last several years, many have called the song "date-rapey" in reference to the lyrics "Say, what's in this drink?"

"People might say, 'oh, enough with that #MeToo, ' but if you really put that aside and listen to the lyrics, it's not something I would want my daughter to be in that kind of a situation", midday host Desiray told Cleveland's Fox 8.

Origins: Frank Loesser ("Guys and Dolls") wrote the song as a duet for himself and his wife back in 1944, according to Entertainment Weekly. 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.

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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".

"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", Anderson said.

Comedian Jen Kirkman said it was not about coercive sex but a woman "who knows her reputation is ruined if she stays". "The answer is no", and "Say, what's in this drink?"

However in an online petition by the radio station 94% of respondents said they would rather keep the song and only 6% argued that it was inappropriate.

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