'Manipulative and Wrong': Ohio radio station stops playing 'Baby It's Cold Outside'

Sergio Cunningham
December 4, 2018

The #MeToo movement exploded on social media previous year after accusations of sexual abuse were made public against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.

Others explained that the context of the song has been misunderstood.

Website Urban Dictionary defines "Baby, it's Cold Outside" as a "Christmas Date Rape Song".

Other radio stations across the country have pulled the song saying that the lyrics are inappropriate.

It's since been covered countless times by singers Ray Charles and Betty Carter, Idina Menzel & Michael Buble, as well as Dolly Parton and Rod Stewart.

"I do realise that when the song was written in 1944, it was a different time, but now while reading it, it seems very manipulative and wrong", presenter Glenn Anderson said in an statement.

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.

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The song details a back-and-forth, traditionally between a man and a woman, where the man tries to convince a woman to stay the night despite her continued protests, saying, "The answer is no".

"But in a world where #MeToo has finally given women the voice they deserve, the song has no place".

Special criticism has been reserved for the line "say, what's in this drink", which has been accused of carrying the implication that the woman's drink has been spiked.

"'Say what's in this drink" is an old movie line from the 30s that means "I'm telling the truth'".

Cleveland Rape Crisis Center President Sondra Miller told Fox News that men should understand if a woman says no they should stop.

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

It's a Christmas classic, but some have said that it is too offensive in 2018. "The song seems odd now not cuz it's about coercing sex but about a woman who knows her reputation is ruined if she stays".

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