Published: Tue, December 04, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

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

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

The controversy surrounding "Baby, It's Cold Outside" began when a radio station in the United States said that it was removing the song from its playlists over concerns that the song was tacitly about sexual assault.

But on Tuesday listeners were shocked to discover the station had axed the popular carol, with Star 102 Cleveland's website explaining why the radio station won't play the song.

The song was written by Frank Loesser in 1944, and has been covered by many artists including Michael Bublé, James Taylor, Tom Jones and Cerys Matthews and actors Will Ferrell and Zooey Deschanel in the movie Elf. 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. Not when women who have felt silenced for decades have finally found a voice in the "Me Too" movement.

The debate over the meaning of the song has continued to divide social media, so for now, radio stations like Star 102 will be giving it the cold treatment.

"I think it's taking a 2018 lens on a song that was written a very long time ago".

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The lyrics read like a conversation between a man and a woman with the woman saying she must leave, while the man insists she stays.

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There are people who are especially concerned about the song's normalization of "date rape", in reference to the lyrics "Say, what's in this drink?"

Last year, a radio station in Dallas-Fort Worth pulled all five of its versions of "Baby, It's Cold Outside" out of the Christmas rotation, citing listeners' concerns over the lyrics.

Her other lines include: "Say, what's in this drink?"

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