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'Baby, It's Cold Outside' pulled from some Canadian radio stations

04 December 2018

An Ohio radio station is dropping the Christmas classic "Baby, It's Cold Outside", for having "no place" in today's "extra sensitive" world.

That's why Cleveland radio station WDOK, also known as Star 102, has made a decision to cease playing the song, according to the station's website.

In the song, a man is trying to convince a woman to stay with him instead of returning home, citing poor weather. 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.

Other radio stations across the country have pulled the song saying that the lyrics are inappropriate.

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?"

More than 5,000 people have voted since the station launched the poll on their Facebook page on 29 November.

But some people apparently got confused, and that has "led to misdirected complaints" to "Kansas City's Christmas Station", which has no plans to yank "Baby, It's Cold Outside" from its all-holiday song rotation, set to run through December 25.

"The song wasn't scheduled for airplay on any Bell Media Radio stations and there are no plans to play it in the future", he wrote in an emailed statement.

The most controversial line in the song, which was originally composed for the film Neptune's Daughter, is "Say, what's in this drink" which campaigners say suggests the man has spiked the woman's drink.

She said: "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".

She said: "The song seems odd now not because it's about coercing sex but about a woman who knows her reputation is ruined if she stays. The answer is no", and "Say, what's in this drink?" "She wanted to get down and stay over".

"But in a world where #MeToo has finally given women the voice they deserve, the song has no place".

That comes as the duet, written back in 1944, faces renewed scrutiny over what some say are inappropriate lyrics in the wake of the #MeToo movement.

"You have that song all wrong".

'Baby, It's Cold Outside' pulled from some Canadian radio stations