Song ‘Baby it’s cold outside’ banned
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. |