Wisconsin radio station pulls 'Baby, It's Cold Outside'

08 December, 2018, 19:48 | Author: Dominic Spencer
  • It's The Most Controversial Time Of The Year...For 'Baby, It's Cold Outside,' At Least

Martin's comments come after various radio stations chose to pull the song, which was first written in 1944 for the romantic comedy film Neptune's Daughter, over claims it promotes date rape and sexual harassment, with its lyrics including Martin asking a woman to spend the night with him.

What's going on: I reported earlier this week that "Baby, It's Cold Outside" was recently banned by a radio station in Cleveland, Ohio, after listeners complained the song didn't jibe well with the #MeToo movement.

"Bill Cosby ruined it for everybody", Susan Loesser told NBC. "Ever since Cosby was accused of drugging women, I hear the date rape thing all the time" in reference to the song.

Loesser says her father "would be furious" that his lyrics, in today's climate, have taken on connotations they were never meant to when he penned them in the 1940s.

Gayle King got so fired up over criticism of "Baby, It's Cold Outside", she accidentally swore on the air on Thursday.


"I totally get what you're saying about the context", he acknowledged, "but that powerful reaction has to be dealt with".

"This song is not about an abuse of power, it is about flirtation and that is how flirtation was in those days", Susan said, adding that she doesn't want the song connected to the #MeToo movement. Other lyrics like "say, what's in this drink?" have also raised eyebrows. Now, KOIT is letting listeners decide whether to bring "Baby, It's Cold Outside" back, and the poll is running 90 percent in the song's favor. It was a different time'.

Those against the song say it promotes date rape, describing a man pressuring a woman to stay despite her adamantly telling him "no, no, no".

Frank Loesser, the song's writer, wouldn't be happy about the ban.

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