Multiple radio stations have removed the popular Christmas tune ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ from their playlists amid concerns it has ‘predatory undertones’.
KOIT 96.5 in San Francisco, California, has stopped playing the song until at least next Monday as they ask listeners via online poll whether it’s inappropriate in 2018.
The Bay Area station halted airplay temporarily after some complained about the track, but hundreds have since expressed annoyance at the idea of its removal.
Meanwhile some stations in Canada won’t be bringing it back at all.
‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ was featured twice in the film Neptune’s Daughter (pictured above) and now radio stations in the US and Canada have pulled the song from their Christmas line up
KOIT 96.5 in San Francisco, California has stopped playing the song until at least next Monday as they ask listeners in an online poll whether it’s inappropriate in 2018
The radio station could bring it back if the demand is high enough from listeners
Bell Media which runs two 24-hour stations in Ottawa and Vancouver has no plans to return the tune to the airwaves, according to spokesman Scott Henderson.
Rogers Media, which runs Christmas-themed stations 98.1 CHFI-FM in Toronto and 98.5 CIOC-FM in Victoria, also switched up their rotation. Spokesperson Caitlin Decarie didn’t say why but mentioned there are plenty of other tunes to enjoy at this time of year.
‘There are so many wonderful songs that celebrate the holiday season,’ Decarie said.
CBC Music station joined them in the decision. Public affairs head Chuck Thompson explained why on Tuesday.
‘Song lyrics are always open to interpretation, and we fully acknowledge there are two camps regarding this issue,’ CBC.ca reports Thompson said.
‘While we consider both points of view, and in light of the times we are living in, we have chosen to remove the song, for the time being, from two of our holiday music streams.’
CBC Music station joined Rogers Media and Bell Media in Canada by halting airplay for the track this year and in future
‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ was featured twice in the film Neptune’s Daughter (pictured above) WDOK Christmas 102.1 in Cleveland has pulled the song from its Christmas music line up
The song, written by Frank Loesser in 1944, features lyrics like, ‘Say what’s in this drink? (no cabs to be had out there)’
In November, WDOK Christmas 102.1 said it pulled the song from its around-the-clock festive music line up after receiving a call from a listener who suggested the song, written in the 1940s, contains a dated message.
The radio station went on to post a poll about the song on its website and said the majority of those responded supported the decision to remove the song from the station’s lineup. Poll results were not visible on the website.
The call-and-response song includes a woman singing that she has to leave a man’s house as he tries to persuade her to stay.
In the song, the female sings ‘I really can’t stay,’ to which the man responds, ‘but baby, it’s cold outside.’
Other lyrics include, ‘What’s in that drink?’ and ‘Baby, don’t hold out’.
‘It wasn’t really our decision. It’s the decision of our listeners,’ said WDOK midday host Desiray.
‘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 said. ‘The tune might be catchy, but let’s maybe not promote that sort of an idea.’
The song, written by Frank Loesser in 1944, is featured twice in the film Neptune’s Daughter. It has also been covered by numerous artists such as Dean Martin, Ella Fitzgerald and most recently in 2014 by Idina Menzel.
One of the hosts of the Ohio radio station WDOK that banned the song, said he can understand why.
‘Now, I do realize that when the song was written in 1944, it was a different time, but now while reading it, it seems very manipulative and wrong,” Glenn Anderson said in a statement. ‘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.’
The #MeToo movement exploded on social media last year after accusations of sexual abuse were made public against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.
Untold numbers of women have spoken up around the world about sexual harassment and mistreatment, accusing top names in entertainment, government and business and altering attitudes and the treatment of women.
Cleveland Rape Crisis Center President and CEO Sondra Miller welcomed the decision.
‘It really pushed the line of consent,’ Miller said. ‘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.’
But a Colorado station recently brought it back after listeners were outraged.
KOSI said Tuesday that the jingle would return to the airwaves after an online poll generated more than 15,000 responses, with 95 percent of them in favor of keeping the song.
‘While we are sensitive to those who may be upset by some of the lyrics, the majority of our listeners have expressed their interpretation of the song to be non-offensive,’ the station’s program director, Jim Lawson, said in a statement.
‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’: Full Lyrics
I really can’t stay (but baby, it’s cold outside)
I’ve got to go away (but baby, it’s cold outside)
This evening has been (been hoping that you’d drop in)
So very nice (i’ll hold your hands, they’re just like ice)
My mother will start to worry (beautiful what’s your hurry?)
My father will be pacing the floor (listen to the fireplace roar)
So really I’d better scurry (beautiful please don’t hurry)
But maybe just a half a drink more (put some records on while I pour)
The neighbors might think (baby, it’s bad out there)
Say what’s in this drink? (no cabs to be had out there)
I wish I knew how (your eyes are like starlight now)
To break this spell (i’ll take your hat, your hair looks swell)
I ought to say, no, no, no sir (mind if I move in closer?)
At least I’m gonna say that I tried (what’s the sense in hurtin’ my pride?)
I really can’t stay (oh baby don’t hold out)
But baby, it’s cold outside
I simply must go (but baby, it’s cold outside)
The answer is no (but baby, it’s cold outside)
Your welcome has been(how lucky that you dropped in)
So nice and warm (look out the window at this dawn)
My sister will be suspicious (gosh your lips look delicious)
My brother will be there at the door (waves upon the tropical shore)
My maiden aunts mind is vicious (gosh your lips are delicious)
But maybe just a cigarette more (never such a blizzard before)
I’ve gotta get home(but baby, you’d freeze out there)
Say lend me a coat(it’s up to your knees out there)
You’ve really been grand (i thrill when you touch my hand)
But don’t you see? (how can you do this thing to me?)
There’s bound to be talk tomorrow (think of my lifelong sorrow)
At least there will be plenty implied (if you got pnuemonia and died)
I really can’t stay (get over that old out)
Baby, it’s cold
Baby, it’s cold outside