OH radio station pulls controversial holiday song, and KC station gets complaints

OH radio station pulls controversial holiday song, and KC station gets complaints

OH radio station pulls controversial holiday song, and KC station gets complaints

While some may hear the song as playful, others hear something else.

"Baby, It's Cold Outside" is getting a chilly response from Canadian radio stations.

A United States radio station has banned "Baby It's Cold Outside" because it claims that the song promotes date rape. In the years since, the duet has become an enduring holiday classic, sung by everyone from Dolly Parton and Rod Stewart to Michael Bublé and Idina Menzel to Chris Colfer and Darren Criss on an episode of Glee.

American comedian Jen Kirkman said the song is not just about a man trying to coerce a woman but about the woman knowing her reputation would be ruined for staying in the context of the 1940s.

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 tune takes the form of a back-and-forth conversation between a man attempting to dissuade his female date from leaving his house by arguing that the weather is bad.

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?"

While it is certainly not the first year that the song's lyrics have been put under the microscope, it is the first year that radio stations around the world are opting to leave it off the airwaves - likely in the aftermath of the #MeToo movement.

"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 wrote in a blog post on the radio station's website.

The song was written by Frank Loesser, who also wrote the Broadway musical Guys and Dolls.

Sondra Miller, CEO of the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, analyses the line, "I really can't stay".

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

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".

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