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Unbelievable, but true. Ohio radio station bans classic 74-yr-old Christmas song after #MeToo complaints

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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:

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?

Posted by Star 102 Cleveland on Thursday, November 29, 2018

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.


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:

Vivek Saxena


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