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Cleveland radio station bans 'Baby, It's Cold Outside'

"Baby, It's Cold Outside," the duet in which a man tries to dissuade a woman from leaving a party despite…

“Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” the duet in which a man tries to dissuade a woman from leaving a party despite her repeated protestations, has been pulled from the station’s Christmas playlist amid concerns about its predatory nature.

Penned by “Guys and Dolls” writer Frank Loesser in 1944, the Christmas song is perceived by some as unworthy for the most wonderful time of the year – especially in the age of #MeToo.

“People might say,” Oh, enough with that #MeToo, “but if you really put that aside and read the lyrics, it’s not something that I would want my daughter to be in that kind of a situation,” afternoon host Desiray told CNN affiliate WJW TV.

The ‘Christmas Date Rape Song’

On the radio station’s website, host Glenn Anderson wrote he did not initially understand why the lyrics were offensive.

“Now, I do realize that when the song was written in 1

944, it was a different time, but now while reading it, it seems very manipulative and wrong,” he wrote.

“The world we live in is extra sensitive now, and people are easily offended, but in a world where #MeToo has finally given women the voice they deserve, the song has no place.”

 Couple Rewrites & # 39; Baby It's Cold Outside & # 39; to emphasize importance of consent

In fact, Urban Dictionary defines “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” as a “Christmas Date Rape Song.”

“What’s in this drink?” the woman asks.

“Mind if I move in closer?” the man implores. “What’s the sense in hurtin ‘my pride?”

“The answer is no,” she later says.

“But baby, it’s cold outside,” he responds.

Some listeners protest decsion

Sondra Miller, president of the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, told WJW-TV that she backs the decision.

“The character in the song is saying,” No, “and they’re saying well,” Does not really mean yes? ” and I think in 2018, what we know is consent is’ Yes’ and if you get a ‘No’ it means’ No ‘and you should stop right there,’ she said.

“I’ve asked them to stop and think about the perspective of a survivor who was raped in that type of circumstance. “

Still, some Star 102 listeners, including women, disagree with the decision, according to comments posted on the radio station’s Facebook page.

“I will not be listening to this station anymore myself if they give in to sensitive people,” one woman wrote. “The song has been out there for a long time and now it offends people. Come on. This is getting out of hand with all the people who are offended by stuff.”

In 1966, a couple from Minnesota re-imagined the classic for a 21st century audience, changing the lyrics to emphasize the importance of consent.

] “I really can not stay,” the woman sings in their rewritten version.

“Baby I’m fine with that,” the man responds.

“I’ve got to go away,” [19659007] “Baby I’m cool with that.”

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