Canadian radio stations ditch ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’
Broadcasters drop it from rotation with #Metoo raising concerns about consent issues
“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, 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.
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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