WDOK (Star 102)/Cleveland Drops Christmas Song Due To Complaints

Carla Harmon
December 4, 2018

A Cleveland radio station says it has stopped playing "Baby, It's Cold Outside" after listeners said the song heard on countless holiday playlists is inappropriate.

In 1944, Frank Loesser wrote a call and response duet for him and his wife to perform at fancy parties. The duet normally has a male singer offering "a half a drink more" in an effort to keep the woman around, despite her concerns her parents will be anxious.

Anderson went on to say, "In a world where #MeToo has finally given women the voice they deserve, the song has no place".

A representative for CBC Radio was unable to answer whether its stations include the Christmas song in its current rotation.

But some people apparently got confused, and that has "led to misdirected complaints" to "Kansas City's Christmas Station", which has no plans to yank "Baby, It's Cold Outside" from its all-holiday song rotation, set to run through December 25.

However, this year there's at least one radio station in the United States that won't be keeping up with this tradition.

I'm so exhausted of this.

Comedian Jen Kirkman said it was not about coercive sex but a woman "who knows her reputation is ruined if she stays". "Say what's in this drink" is an old movie line from the 30's that means "I'm telling the truth".

But a poll on the station's Facebook page showed a majority of respondents did not want the song banned.

"You have that song all wrong".

"While we certainly respect the "Me Too" movement and would absolutely look into concerns over lyrics in the music we play, I have not received complaints about this song", Rush told The Star on Monday. IMO - I don't think it's "rapey".

While another did see how the lyrics were inappropriate, but pointed out by not playing the song won't change much.

But others have slammed the station's decision, claiming the song's lyrics, which were also made famous in the 1949 film "Neptune's Daughter", aren't as sinister as they were being made out.

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