Via CBSnews.com. Cleveland's Star 102 is one of those radio stations that start playing nothing but Christmas music just after Halloween, don't get me started! But this year, one song will be missing from their playlist, "Baby It's Cold Outside".
You know the song, a woman is trying to leave to go home and the man keeps insisting she stay. There's been about 20 different cover versions, but the original became a hit in the 1949 film, "Neptune's Daughter." It was sung between Esther Williams and Ricardo Montalbán's characters, and then by Betty Garrett and Red Skelton, who reversed the roles.
Some of the lyrics go,
My mother will start to worry –
Beautiful, what’s your hurry?
Father will be pacing the floor
– Listen to the fireplace roar
So really I’d better scurry
– Beautiful, please don’t hurry
Maybe just a half a drink more
– Put some records on while I pour
Star 102 host Glenn Anderson wrote, “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.”
Criticism of the lyrics in "Baby It's Cold Outside" actually has been building for several years. Some Twitter users called out the "date-rapey" undertones of the song.
What do you think?