In light of the #MeToo movement and protecting women from sexual harassment and assault, there have been major changes made in society and in the public eye. One of these changes comes from the Cleveland radio station Star 102.
The radio station announced that this year, they will not be playing the holiday classic song “Baby It’s Cold Outside.” As many know, the lyrics can be suggestive and provocative, as a woman says she wants to leave, but the man suggests she should stay because it’s cold outside.
The entire song, while written in a different era, does seem a bit suggestive and forceful in an era where we discuss the empowerment of women and the word “no” as consent. Many on Twitter agreed that the song was no longer “appropriate.”
Can we stop playin "Baby it's Cold Outside" and stop acting like it's not a song about date rape just because it mentions fucking snow?
— zaphira rosa (@cuarza) December 3, 2018
I don't think any more people need to record Baby It's Cold Outside. I think we're good there.
— Andrew Rannells (@AndrewRannells) December 10, 2014
After further review, “baby it’s cold outside” is definitely a song about rape and I don’t know how it became one of the most popular Christmas songs of all time
— Tyler° (@TylerJV50) December 3, 2018
Okay can we talk about the song “baby it’s cold outside” cause it gives me date rape vibes and she says “hey what’s in this drink” and idk it makes me uncomfortable cause I heard it at work today
— lissmas⛄️🎄❄️🎅🏽 (@alyssugh8) December 3, 2018
The worst part is, the dude spikes the drink and the girl says “well at least I tried!”
That was mostly written by a sex offender.
— Rod (@rodrigoelp) November 28, 2018
Rape culture is thinking “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” is a cute Christmas song about a couple falling in love until you grow up, listen to the lyrics, and realize the girl just wants to leave but the guy won’t take no for an answer 🙅🏻♀️🙄🎄
— Taylor (@taylor_maxine) December 3, 2018
Others, of course, disagree and believe the song is not about date rape, or any rape at all.
So let me get this straight:
“A Christmas Story” is offensive bc of a “bullying” scene.
They won’t play “Baby It’s Cold Outside” because it “implies rape”
Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer features “bullying and sexism”
😂 just when I think u sensitive sissy asses can’t get worse
— R I S S (@Babeee_Ruthh) December 1, 2018
A Cleveland radio station has removed "Baby It's Cold Outside" from its Xmas playlist because of the #metoo movement. May I state to the millennial generation complainers who lack any sense of subtly: IT IS NOT A SONG ABOUT DRUG RAPE! #ffs
— Michael Stafford (@Loogan640) November 30, 2018
I understand why people would link the #MeToomvmt #MeToo with baby, its cold outside and I know how women feel about it, But never have I linked my misfortune with a damn song! I enjoy that song! Everyone has gone crazy! That song has been out since the late 90s! It's a classic!
— Bethany Ava (@BessieAva) December 1, 2018
If you are actually offended by the song “Baby It’s Cold Outside” you have never actually listened to all of the lyrics and are a stupid fucking moron. Merry Christmas
— K Trevor Wilson (@KTrevorWilson) December 2, 2018
What do you think—is it inappropriate in this day and age, or, are people overreacting?