An Ohio radio station has stopped playing a classic 74-year-old Christmas song because it offends proponents of the increasingly criticized #MeToo movement.
Cleveland radio station WDOK removed the Frank Loessner classic “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” because a listener — presumably a “fragile feminist” — complained that the song’s inappropriate.
“It wasn’t really our decision. It’s the decision of our listeners,” midday host Desiray Cross claimed, though she then proceeded to make it clear she herself finds the song offensive.
“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,” she complained to news station WJW. “The tune might be catchy, but let’s maybe not promote that sort of an idea.”
The lyrics of the song tell the story of a man trying to convince a woman to stay with him at his house during a cold evening instead of returning to her own home.
Though the woman repeatedly says “no,” the man playfully persists by pouring her drinks and arguing, “Baby, it’s cold outside. … Think of my life long sorrow! … If you caught pneumonia and died!”
By the end of the song, the woman agrees to stay, singing, “Okay fine, just another drink then.”
According to Cleveland Rape Crisis Center President and CEO Sondra Miller, the man’s repeated attempts to convince the woman to stay are indicative of so-called rape culture.
“It really pushed the line of consent,” she said to WJW. “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.”
Others disagree, arguing that the two were merely flirting:
Wow!! Now the sensitive snowflakes have evacuated their safe spaces & taken aim at classic #holiday music.. Playful flirting >😤🤫🤫.. a #MeToo moment!! #GTFOH #STFU #MerryChristmas #RT #BABYITSCOLDOUTSIDE #ItsCold #LetItSnow #SafeSpace #Retweet https://t.co/UAjiZNTFcs
— Jared L. Johnson (@JaredLJohnson90) December 1, 2018
Sorry folks, this is one time I have to agree with FOX’s Raymond Arroyo. Arroyo is correct, there is absolutely nothing wrong with the classic song “BABY IT’S COLD OUTSIDE.” It is simply a funny and light hearted song about flirting and romance. IT’S an example of PC RUN AMOK
— Richard Punko (@retiredfirstsgt) December 1, 2018
They’re flirting in ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ and if you disagree you are needlessly removing from a female character and yes this is my one Culture War hangup and yes I will die on this hill
— quinn (@quinnocallaghan) November 25, 2018
It’s NOT predatory it’s FLIRTING!
THE COUPLE IN THE SONG ARE FLIRTING!
She’s not actually trying to get away, she’s teasing him. She’s trying to say “Give me an excuse to… https://t.co/RbeOFR5Wsi
— Joe Meyere (@HarveyQuinn13) November 30, 2018
Included among the critics of WDOK’s decision is Fox News host Laura Ingraham,
“First of all, do women prefer a man who says, ‘Get out the door in the cold!?'” she asked incredulously during a discussion this week on Fox News with journalist Raymond Arroyo.
“This is where we are today. … I guess we can’t sing any of these old tunes anymore,” Arroyo replied, the point being that most classic music is about flirting and romance.
Most of WDOK’s listeners appear to agree.
Of the 3,700 listeners who voted in a poll held Wednesday, 95 percent agreed that the station should continue playing “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” during this holiday season. Look:
Should we play ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’ during the holiday season?
The comments on social media have been critical of both the station and the #MeToo movement. Though it began as an earnest effort to expose powerful men who abuse women, some feel it’s degenerated into a movement of rampant misandry and political correctness.
Tragically, political correctness is still going strong. Radio station WDOK host Desiray said the decision wasn’t the station’s: “It’s the decision of our listeners.” BULL….https://t.co/XSAcIqunrh
— Ken Benton (@kenbenton1143) November 30, 2018
According to Fox 8, WDOK Christmas 102.1 removed the tune after one listener called the radio station and suggested it’s not appropriate to play the 1940’s classic in 2018.
POLITICAL CORRECTNESS GONE STUPID AGAIN FOR 1 PERSON
— Calif. (@Retirednow72) December 1, 2018
@Vanessa_KDeLuca @rolandsmartin This is when political correctness has gone to far. Hey listener your radio has only 1 station. The station should have played this classic for an entire hour. Give me a break 😔😔😔 https://t.co/Bvrm3fMPzl
— j scurry (@jscurry44) December 1, 2018
Radio station stops playing ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ amid #MeToo movement
Political correctness is killing us, destroying our culture and isolating us with intolerance and fear. https://t.co/kuaYAEe34G
— judy morris (@judymorris3) December 1, 2018
Seriously…it happened to me too…but get over your damned self..its a song…a classic…I am over political correctness already . Bunch of effing crybabies https://t.co/vSVbqlI1CP
— Cristine Johnson (@crissy8769) December 1, 2018
What a stupid time to be alive…
“Baby It’s Cold Outside” lyrics in #MeToo era: Cleveland radio station Star 102 stops playing popular Christmas song after listeners voice concerns about meaning in the “Me Too” era – CBS News https://t.co/938abKHE85
— Cardinal Curmudgeon (@Gimblin) December 1, 2018
“Baby it’s cold outside” has been pulled from a Cleveland Radio station bc it’s “inappropriate” and bc of the #MeToo movement….. I mean seriously?! I fully support women and their voices but THAT IS STUPID
— KG (@_kelssays23_) November 30, 2018
I have a suggestion for you young folks. Buy the sex robots. Why? Because this is called seduction…truly an art that’s lost on you. You’re never gonna get laid by your own wits again. #MeToo #Misandry #SexBots #TheArtOfSeduction https://t.co/iMjBvcDCNi
— Michele Rahal (@rahalracing) November 30, 2018
As for the station, it appears to be in denial. WJW noted that the station claims it held a poll on its website about its song removal, and that the majority of respondents agreed that it should be removed.
The poll on WDOK’s Facebook page suggests otherwise. So does the following poll held by WJW:
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