Several years ago, way before the #MeToo movement started, people began complaining about the 1940s Christmas song “Baby it’s Cold Outside.”
Now, a Cleveland radio station has pulled it completely from their playlist after listeners complained that the lyrics are predatory and take on new meaning during the #MeToo era.
From The Hill:
WDOK midday host Desiray told the news station it “wasn’t really” the station’s decision to pull the song but that of its listeners instead as the station’s Christmas lineup is decided by its listeners.
Desiray also told the station that a poll on its website showed a vast majority of its listeners voted to remove the song from the holiday rotation, with many arguing that the lyrics take on a new meaning amid the current #MeToo movement, one of the most popularized movements against sexual harassment and assault across the globe.
“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,” Desiray told the news outlet. “The tune might be catchy, but let’s maybe not promote that sort of an idea.”
The song, which is a duet between a man and a woman tells a story about a couple enjoying some time by the fire and when she wants to leave, the man does everything he can to pursue her to stay.
I simply must go (Baby it’s cold outside)
The answer is no (But baby it’s cold outside)
The welcome has been (How lucky that you dropped in)
So nice and warm (Look out the window at that storm)
My sister will be suspicious (Gosh your lips look delicious!)
My brother will be there at the door (Waves upon a tropical shore)
My maiden aunt’s mind is vicious (Gosh your lips are delicious!)
Well maybe just a cigarette more (Never such a blizzard before) (And I don’t even smoke)
“It really pushed the line of consent,” said Sondra Miller, the president and CEO of the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center. “The character in the song is saying ‘no,’ and they’re saying well, ‘does no really mean yes?’ and I think in 2018 what we know is consent is ‘yes’ and if you get a ‘no,’ it means ‘no’ and you should stop right there.”