“Baby It’s Cold Outside,” the Christmasy song about a guy who wouldn’t take “no” for an answer, isn’t surviving the #MeToo movement.
It seemed like a nice little song at one time, until more men got educated about things like consent. Now, it’s just creepy.
So a Cleveland radio station has just pulled the song from its non-stop rotation of Christmas music.
The station conducted an online poll about the song and after 92 percent of those responding said it should go, it went.
“People might say, ‘Oh, enough with that #MeToo,’ but if you really put that aside and listen to the lyrics, it’s not something I would want my daughter to be in that kind of a situation,” said Desiray, a jock at WDOK. “The tune might be catchy, but let’s maybe not promote that sort of an idea.”
“It really pushed the line of consent,” Cleveland Rape Crisis Center President and CEO Sondra Miller told the local Fox affiliate. “The character in the song is saying ‘no,’ and they’re saying well, ‘does no really mean yes?’ and I think in 2018 what we know is consent is ‘yes’ and if you get a ‘no,’ it means ‘no’ and you should stop right there.”
Not surprisingly, a lot of the fellas are taking it personally on the station’s Facebook page.
“Don’t let this distract you from the fact that Star 102 is now playing politics and social justice warriors by banning a classic Christmas songs to make the snowflakes happy,” one commenter said.
(h/t: Paul Tosto)