Tak­ing of­fense to those fo­cused on triv­ial of­fenses

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL - CHRIS COL­LETT Chris Col­lett is a life­long res­i­dent of Can­ton.

With the world fac­ing a cri­sis at ev­ery turn, we have some who have de­cided to be of­fended at the song, “Baby It’s Cold Out­side.” To ap­pease the ones who are of­fended, some ra­dio sta­tions have even stopped play­ing the song.

The of­fended be­lieve that the song some­how speaks of a man push­ing a woman into some­thing she doesn’t want to do, in the phys­i­cal sense. Oth­ers claim the song talks about the man spik­ing the woman’s drink to take ad­van­tage of her. For the record, any man who touches any woman in an un­wanted man­ner ceases to be a man. I stand by that state­ment.

This song was writ­ten in 1944. It was a time when men were men and women were women. Bet­ter yet, they knew the dif­fer­ence be­tween the sexes. There was no bath­room con­tro­versy in re­la­tion to which one to use. Most young men knew how to treat a lady. Fail­ure to do so would end in a “whoopin’” if their mama and daddy found out. For those of you who have never ex­pe­ri­enced a hick­ory to the back side, it gets your at­ten­tion. Usu­ally, af­ter one of th­ese talks be­hind the wood­shed, the same mis­takes weren’t made twice. This song is noth­ing more than a song and dance be­tween a man and a woman from a more moral time in his­tory.

There is an­other con­tro­versy sur­round­ing the song and tele­vi­sion pro­gram “Ru­dolph the Red Nose Rein­deer.” The com­ments mainly sur­round the fact that Ru­dolph was bul­lied by his bud­dies. Some­how, this might en­cour­age bul­ly­ing in the lives of our young. I have news for you. Bul­lies don’t need en­cour­age­ment to bully oth­ers from a car­toon about fic­tional rein­deer. Bul­lies are cow­ards who ob­vi­ously have never seen the back of a wood­shed. That should give you some idea how I feel about bul­lies. But, to think this song and show pro­mote bul­ly­ing is id­i­otic.

While we are on the topic of of­fen­sive Christ­mas songs, let’s ad­dress a cou­ple more that might be of­fen­sive to this spe­cial lit­tle group we call the of­fended.

One that comes to mind is “Frosty the Snow­man.” First off, why does Frosty have to be a man? Couldn’t this be of­fen­sive to women? One can only imag­ine that the writer of this fa­ble was sex­ist in na­ture. An­other thing that should be ad­dressed is the fact that Frosty goes around with a pipe in his mouth. We are never told if this is a crack pipe or just a reg­u­lar old to­bacco pipe. Ei­ther way. He’s a smoker. Surely, we don’t want to send kids the mes­sage that smok­ing is cool. I imag­ine the anti-smok­ers have a fit when this pro­gram airs. Fur­ther­more, walk­ing around smok­ing a pipe can get you a ci­ta­tion in some ju­ris­dic­tions. Frosty had bet­ter be care­ful.

The coun­try band Alabama sings a Christ­mas tune called “Christ­mas in Dixie.” I don’t even know where to be­gin with this one. In our racist cul­ture, it’s hard to be­lieve you can still hear this song from time to time on the ra­dio. The word Dixie has be­come of­fen­sive although it wasn’t for many years. In a re­cent trip to the moun­tains with the fam­ily, I no­ticed that Dolly Par­ton’s show­place Dixie Stam­pede has even changed its name to Dolly Par­ton’s Stam­pede. I’ve al­ways thought racism is a mat­ter of the mind and heart. That just goes to show you how lit­tle I know. As a fan of Elvis’ song “Amer­i­can Tril­ogy,” I’m sure some would re­fer to me as a red­neck. A red­neck I may be. A racist I’m not. Be­sides, it’s hard to eat at the Waf­fle House and not lis­ten to a lit­tle Elvis.

I’ll end this song bash­ing by men­tion­ing “Grandma Got Run Over by A Rein­deer.” If she hadn’t drank so much of the eggnog, maybe things would have turned out dif­fer­ently. I can’t help but think of the poor kids and grand­kids wit­ness­ing their drunken granny. My grannies didn’t drink. If yours did or do, ex­er­cise your right to be of­fended by this song as it causes you bad mem­o­ries.

If my words have of­fended you, I can only say I’m sorry. I’m sorry your sen­si­tive na­ture keeps you up at night wor­ry­ing about mean­ing­less is­sues. There are many fac­ing real tribu­la­tions. For those spe­cial ones of­fended by any of th­ese songs, have you ever lis­tened to rap mu­sic? Or, David Allen Coe?

In con­clu­sion, baby it’s cold out­side!

Col­lett

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