LOS ANGELES: It’s the time of year when radio stations across the United States play Christmas music nonstop.
But a classic holiday season turns out to be controversial for some stations in the wake of the # MeToo movement.
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9659005] Baby, it’s cold outside – a duet written in 1944 and featured over the years by many artists, including Dean Martin, Dolly Parton, Ray Charles and Lady Gaga – have become a hot potato for broadcasters, some of whom have joked
A state radio in Ohio was to announce first that it drove the song from its playlist last weekend after receiving complaint.
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The controversy of the song has been around for several years but has not raised one level this year due to # MeToo movement that began in the United States more than a year ago in response to allegations of sexual abuse and harassment by powerful men in the entertainment industry and other sectors.
Some have issued the texts in the duet where one tries to persuade his lady friend to spend the night.
Bytes include “Say what’s in this drink ?,” “Baby, do not stop” and “I should say no no no lord …” – lyrics that some say seem “rapeseed”.
Broadway songwriter Frank Loesser wrote the song 1944 and won an Oscar in 1950 for best original songs in the movie “Neptune’s Daughter”, sung by Esther Williams and Ricardo Montalban.
Other artists over the years have performed the song that has become a classic holiday song.
MANIPULATIVE AND WRONG
] Critics say that the song may not have been offensive when it was written in 1944, it no longer belongs to the airwaves today and was an ode of sexual abuse.
“Now I realize that when the song was written in 1944, it was another time, but now while reading it seems very manipulative and wrong,” Glenn Anderson, one of the hosts at the Ohio radio station WDOK, forbade the song, said in a statement.
“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.”
The radio station, which exclusively plays Christmas music during holiday survey, said a survey showed that a majority of listeners were for
A similar decision by a radio station in Colorado does not fit well with surprised listeners who voted back on the airwaves.
KOSI said Tuesday (5 Dec) that Jingeln would return to airwaves after an online survey generated more than 15,000 respo Nses, with 95 percent of them in favor of holding the song.
“While we are sensitive to those who may be upset by some of the texts, the majority of our listeners have expressed their interpretation of the song as non-offensive,” said Jim Lawson, Program Director, in a statement.