Song ‘Baby it’s cold out­side’ banned

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CLEVE­LAND ra­dio sta­tion WDOK has de­cided to re­move the song Baby, It’s Cold Out­side from its hol­i­day ro­ta­tion over lyrics that, through a #Metoo lens, now seem a lit­tle rape-y.

The song has been a light­ning rod, with Ur­ban Dic­tionary dub­bing it the “Christ­mas Date Rape Song” as early as 2006.

Writ­ten in 1944 by Guys and Dolls com­poser Frank Loesser, the song is a duet be­tween two char­ac­ters noted in the song’s notes as “Wolf” and “Mouse”, ac­cord­ing to the Wash­ing­ton Post.

They nav­i­gate a con­ver­sa­tion wherein Mouse should re­ally be leav­ing for home, but Wolf per­suades her to stay.

The song is coy and sexy. That is, un­til you re­alise that the lan­guage is un­com­fort­ably sim­i­lar to that used in ac­quain­tance rape, where a soft no is in­ter­preted as a yes. |

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