A popular Christmas song is the focus of attention — much of it negative — after being pulled from the playlist of a Cleveland radio station in a move that’s linked to #MeToo. The song is “Baby It’s Cold Outside.”
“WDOK 102.1, a Cleveland-based station that exclusively plays Christmas music during the holidays, announced this week the song would be removed from rotation after a listener called to say it was inappropriate amid the #MeToo movement,” USA Today reports, noting: “‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ has been a source of debate for the past few years. Some argue it displays key signs of rape culture.”
USA Today’s Mary Nahorniak is quoted in the report writing: “Even if the intentions aren’t sinister, it’s simply exhausting to be a woman in that situation. In the original score, the male part is written as a ‘wolf’ and the woman as a ‘mouse’ — that speaks volumes about male predatory behavior. Many women know what it’s like to feel trapped by a man, whether emotionally or physically. In those situations, it doesn’t matter how it began or why she wants to leave, it only matters that she wants to go, now.”
On the other side of the argument, Karen Tongson, an English and gender studies associate professor at the University of Southern California, is quoted telling USA Today that in the historical context of the 1940s, when the song was written, it deals with a “kind of culture of repression that would forbid this kind of hanging out.”
Tongson adds: “The song itself is an effort to furnish female sexuality with a set of excuses as opposed to a coercive song.”
Decide for yourself … click here to listen to the song and see the lyrics.