'Baby, It's Cold Outside,' Seen As Sexist, Frozen Out By Radio Stations

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7MFJ7ie_yGU This #MeToo-era-cum-yuletide-season, radio stations are pulling the plug on that holiday earworm with lyrics that, to some, ring date-rape warning bells, rather than evoking innocent snow-bound flirtation. The tune “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” with words that seemed charming when FDR was in office, may land with a tone-deaf thud on the ear of today’s listener. But the stations banning the song have been met with a controversy of their own. Written by Frank Loesser in 1944, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” featured in the 1949 film Neptune’s Daughter , winning the Oscar for best original song. The call and response duet has a female voice trying to tear herself away from her date in myriad ways: “I’ve got to go away … Hey, what’s in this drink?” And finally, “The answer is no.” But her declarations of “no” are far from final, with the male voice, wheedling “Mind if I move in closer ……

Original published: 2018-12-06 14:49:30 Read the full San Antonio News here

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