(CNN) – Star 102, WDOK-FM, calls itself "Cleveland Christmas Station." But its listeners discover that a holiday chestnut has been…
(CNN) – Star 102, WDOK-FM, calls itself “Cleveland Christmas Station.” But its listeners discover that a holiday chestnut has been kicked to the edge.
“Baby, It’s Cold Out”, the duet where a man tries to deter a woman from leaving a party despite her repeated protests, has been pulled from the station’s Christmas playlist with concern over her predators.
Characterized by “Guys and Dolls” author Frank Loesser in 1
944, the Christmas song is perceived by some as invaluable for the most wonderful time of the year – especially in the age of #MeToo.
“People may say,” Oh, enough with this #MeToo “but if you really put it aside and read the lyrics, that’s not something I want my daughter to be in such a situation.” Desiray hosted CNN affiliate WJW TV.
“The song may be interesting, but maybe we may not promote that kind of idea.”
On the radio station’s website, host host Glenn Anderson wrote that he did not understand why the text was offensive.
“Now I realize that when the song was written in 1944 it was different, but now while reading it seems to be very manipulative and incorrect,” he wrote.
“The world we live in is extra sensitive now, and people are easily insulted, but in a world where #MeToo finally gave women the voice they deserve, the song has no place.”
In fact, Urban Dictionary defines “Baby, It’s Cold Out” as a “Christmas Date Rape Song”.
“What’s in this drink?” asks the woman.
“Imagine getting closer?” the man bows. “What is the sense of my pride?”
“The answer is no,” she says later.
“But honey, it’s cold outside,” he answers.
Sondra Miller, chairman of the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, told WJW TV that she was making the decision.
“The character in the song says” No “and they say well does not mean that? And I think 2018, what we know is consent is” yes “and if you get a no, it means no and you should stop there, she said.
“I have asked them to stop thinking about a survivor’s perspective like rapeseed in that kind of circumstance.”
Still, some Star 102 listeners, including women, are dissatisfied with the decision, according to comments published on the radio station’s Facebook page.
“I will not listen to this station anymore if I give sensitive people,” wrote a woman. “The song has been out for a long time and now it’s breaking people. Come on. This goes out of hand with all the people who are insulted by things.”
It’s not the first time people have insulted the song.
In 2016, a pair of Minnesota classics recaptured an audience from the 21st century and swapped texts to emphasize the importance of consent.
“I really can not stop,” the woman sings in her rewritten version.
“I’m fine with that,” replies the man.
“I have to go,”
“Baby I’m cool with it.”
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