Baby, It’s Crazy Outside

Posted on Tue 12/11/2018 by


By Andrew Bolt ~

Baby, it’s Cold Outside has been banned:

Radio stations around the U.S. and Canada have dropped the 1944 Christmas tune from their lineups over lyrics including, ‘I ought to say no, no, no, sir / Mind if I move in closer.’ As Vox’s Emily Crockett wrote, the song strikes many as, ‘a little rapey.’

The WDOK Cleveland host was positively pompous:

“I do realize that when the song was written in 1944, it was a different time, but now while reading it, it seems very manipulative and wrong,” station host Glenn Anderson said in a blog post. “The world we live in is extra sensitive now, and people get easily offended, but in a world where #MeToo has finally given women the voice they deserve, the song has no place.”

Listeners revolted:

The same day the song was pulled, the station invited listeners to weigh in on the change via a poll on its website.

“We received more complaints on the song than any other song ever played in the history of the radio station,” KOIT program director Brian Figula told KGO Dec. 4.

Listener response led the station to put “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” back in rotation.

Really, the lyrics are charming, playing on that coy dance played for thousands of years – a woman testing her lover’s ardor as well as her own limits.

It’s actually the groping in the performance in Neptune’s Daughter that seems a little off for modern tastes. Have we become only too aware of a brutalisation since then, that’s made us more frightened of what a 1949 audience cheerfully accepted?:

But it’s now rewritten by the Holderness Family, in a suitably mocking way:

Andrew Bolt writes for the Herald Sun, Daily Telegraph, and The Advertiser and runs Australia’s most-read political blog. On week nights he hosts The Bolt Report on Sky News at 7pm and his Macquarie Radio show at 8pm with Steve Price.

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