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

Broad­cast­ers drop it from ro­ta­tion with # Metoo rais­ing con­cerns about con­sent is­sues

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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. 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.”

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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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Halsey at the 2018 Vic­to­ria's Se­cret Fash­ion Show. The singer says she does not agree with anti-trans com­ments made by Vic­to­ria’s Se­cret exec Ed Razek.

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