Cana­dian ra­dio sta­tions ditch ‘Baby, It’s Cold Out­side’

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“Baby, It’s Cold Out­side” is get­ting a chilly re­sponse from Cana­dian ra­dio sta­tions.

CBC Ra­dio says it will join at least two other broad­cast­ers in the coun­try, Rogers Me­dia and Bell Me­dia, who are pulling the con­tro­ver­sial Christ­mas favourite out of their ro­ta­tions this year.

That comes as the duet, writ­ten back in 1944, faces re­newed scru­tiny over what some say are in­ap­pro­pri­ate

lyrics which have been am­pli­fied in the wake of the #MeToo move­ment.

Ear­lier this week, Cleve­land

ra­dio sta­tion WDOK-FM an­nounced it was no longer play­ing the song in re­sponse to lis­tener feed­back. Some took is­sue over lyrics where one singer is try­ing to per­suade the other to stay in­side, with ex­changes that in­clude, “What’s in this drink?” and “Baby, don’t hold out.”

Con­cern over the song has ex­isted for years, lead­ing to many rein­ter­pre­ta­tions of the lyrics. Lady Gaga and Joseph Gor­don-Le­vitt flipped the gen­der roles in a per­for­mance for the pop singer’s 2013 hol­i­day spe­cial with the Mup­pets. Two years ago, Min­nesota cou­ple Ly­dia Liza and Josiah Le­man­ski rewrote the lyrics to in­clude lines about con­sent, such as the man say­ing: “You re­serve the right to say no.”

Zooey Deschanel sings a ver­sion of “Baby, It’s Cold Out­side” with Will Fer­rell in Elf. With a grow­ing con­scious­ness about the need for con­sent, the lyrics are con­tro­ver­sial.

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