USA: Radio station stops playing 'Baby, It's Cold Outside'

Lewis Collier
December 8, 2018

Classic Christmas tune Baby, It's Cold Outside has been pulled from rotation on several radio stations in North America after some listeners took issue with the song's lyrics.

"Bill Cosby ruined it for everybody", she told NBC News. Critics say the lyrics describe a date rape scenario and the song no longer deserves a spot on Christmas playlists.

Star 102 Cleveland in Ohio, USA was the first to stop playing the Academy Award-winning song, with local media reporting "that listeners said the song was inappropriate and at odds with the #MeToo movement", BBC reported on 1 December 2018.

Loesser said she was upset about the furore because "it's a song my father wrote for him and my mother to sing at parties".

Cosby was sentenced to up to 10 years in prison in September for drugging and attacking a woman, but more than 60 others accused him of historic crimes including rape, drug-facilitated sexual assault, sexual battery, child sexual abuse, and sexual misconduct. For example, one part of the song has the female singer saying, "what's in this drink?"

Loesser did say she understands why the song has taken on its current connotation in the post-Weinstein era, noting, "Absolutely I get it". "People used to say "what's in this drink" as a joke. You know, this drink is going straight to my head, so what's in this drink?" she added.

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"I think it would be good if people looked at the song in the context of the time", she said.

The call-and-response song written in the 1940's includes a woman singing that she has to leave a man's house as he tries to lure her to stay.

Say what's in this drink?

Now, Dean Martin's daughter, Deana Martin has responded to the controversy.

Though the song was supposedly written for Christmas parties, it's been recorded by some top artists over the last 50 years.

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