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.
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.
But a poll on the station’s Facebook page shows 94 per cent of respondents think the song should be played during the holiday season.
In the duet—written by Frank Loesser in 1944 and used in the 1949 romantic comedy Neptune’s Daughter—a man tries to persuade a woman to spend the night with him instead of heading home in bad weather. Lyrics include:
“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 of hurtin’ my pride?)
I really can’t stay (oh baby don’t hold out)
But baby, it’s cold outside.”
The decision to stop playing the song has divided audiences.
“Song lyrics are always open to interpretation, and we fully acknowledge there are two camps regarding this issue,” CBC public affairs head Chuck 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.”