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