The trends of different generations over the years are interesting. And I say this because I just learned that the popular and well-known Christmas song: “Baby it’s Cold Outside” is being pulled from some radio station playlists.
The duet written in 1944 became a Christmas classic when it won an academy award in 1949 for best original song in the film “Neptune’s Daughter”, sung by Esther Williams and Ricardo Montalban. It has since been recorded by well-known artists including Ray Charles, Michael Bublé, Ella Fitzgerald, Tom Jones and Dolly Parton. The duet is often sung by a male and female, since the lyrics are a call and response, meant to be sung as a conversation where a man tries to convince a woman to stay the night because the weather is too cold.
Frank Loesser wrote the song for he and his wife, Lynn Garland to sing at a housewarming party as a signal to guests that the party was over and that it was time to leave. They became so popular that they were constantly invited to parties to perform.
Times Do Change
Well, that was then and now some think of the song a little differently. Times do change. Some critics are taking a closer look at the lyrics and questioning their appropriateness. After all the press the #metoo movement received many are finding the lyrics a little too suggestive. Lyrics such as “What’s in this drink?” “Baby, don’t hold out” “Gosh your lips look delicious!”, and so on.
Got it all Wrong
Some say that these critics have got it all wrong. The song is just a love song between two people. The guy wants the woman to stay, and she wants to go home. It’s a very common conversation between couples.
Radio Stations Pull the Song
A handful of Christmas-only music stations have pulled “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” including CBC Radio, Bell Media, Rogers and Corus entertainment. Some suggest that perhaps other suggestive songs such as “I saw mommy kissing Santa Claus”, “Grandma got runover by a Reindeer”, or “Santa Baby” may be offensive to some. The bottom line is that you can’t please everyone.