– Child, it's really really cold for Frank Loesser's Oscar winning song this Christmas season. Under the fire of #…
– Child, it’s really really cold for Frank Loesser’s Oscar winning song this Christmas season.
Under the fire of # The MeToo movement from critics who say “Baby, It’s Cold Out” is sexist and rapeseed, radio stations in Cleveland and San Francisco have dropped the vacation break from their Christmas playlists and others in the US and Canada are following.
This is not a good thing with the daughter of Broadway legend Frank Loesser, who said she had previously heard a complaint about her daddy’s but told Bill Cosby to make it up to something fiendish.
“Bill Cosby Destroyed It For All,” Susan Loesser told NBC News on Thursday. “The way before #Me Too, I would hear from time to time people call it a date rap song. I’d be annoyed because it’s a song my father wrote for him and my mother to sing at parties. But since Cosby was accused of being accused of pregnant women, I heard the day of rape all the time. “
Cosby was convicted earlier this year of pulling and sexually abusing a woman and has been accused of doing the same for dozens more. And the link between the song and the scary actor was even enhanced in a memorable SNL shot ̵
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Loesser, 74, said she understands why women can now brush on the song, which means that a man tries to convince a woman to spend the night because the weather outside is scary – and includes the line, “Say what’s in this drink?”
“Obviously I get it,” she said. “But I think it would be great if people watched the song in the context of time. It was written in 1944.”
How would her dad, who died in 1969, react to her song banned from the radio?
“I think my father would be furious about it,” she said. “People used to say” what’s in this drink “like a joke. You know that this drink goes straight in my head so what about this drink? It did not mean you pulled me.”
“It was another time,” added Loesser.
“Flirt was a completely different thing then,” she said. “It was 1944 and my dad wrote it for when he and my mother had parties where everyone had to make an entertainment to entertain the guests.”
The song became a widespread hit by Loesser, who also wrote the music and lyrics of Broadway classics like “Guys and Dolls” and “How to succeed in business without really trying” sold the rights to MGM and it was part of the 1949 film ” Neptune’s daughter “.
In the movie Ricardo Montalban and Esther Williams perform the duo together, like Red Skelton and Betty Garrett, with the sex roles reversed for laughter.
While the song won the Oscar Prize, Susan Loesser said that her mom Lynn Garland was not happy that her dad sold “their song” to MGM. The marriage ended in divorce 1957.
The duet continued to be covered by many artists ranging from Johnny Mercer and Betty Carter in 1949 until the version of the millennium will be the best, 2003 cover performed by Will Ferrell and Zooey Deschanel from the Christmas movie “Elf . “
“I always thought my parents’ version was the best,” said Susan Loesser. “I think it’s adorable.”
But adore is not one of the words dozens of callers recently used when calling WDOK Christmas 102.1 in Cleveland to demand that “Baby, It’s Cold Out”, is removed from the playlist.  “I have to be honest,” Glenn Anderson from Cleveland Star 102 radio wrote on the station’s blog after the decision was made. “I did not understand why the lyrics were so bad … until I read them.”
But the song has its defenders.
Karen North, a USC communications professor whose great uncle was a producer of “Guys and Dolls” and several other Loesser shows that the song has been misinterpreted.
“It’s about a man who drives a woman and a woman who drives a man and sings in both directions,” she told NBC News. “It’s not about a male predator.”
If you look at the texts, go north, the lines shipped by the woman are not “no no”.
“What she says is that” I should say no no no, “says the north. “It’s about how women at that time could not be unchaperoned with a man. The song is about two people who are mutually attracted and want to find an excuse to keep together.”
As for “what’s happening in this drink,” North said, “It’s not a matter of dropping violence into a drink.”
“It’s about a woman who comes up with an excuse to stay because she has too much to drink and refer to alcohol,” she said.