Baby, It’s Cold Outside is getting a chilly response and it all started from a radio station in the US…. Well I go news for you…. Canadian radio stations are now jumping on the train!
At least three of the country’s biggest radio operators — Bell Media, Rogers and CBC — say they’ve decided to pull the controversial holiday favourite out of their rotations this year. 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 may recall earlier this week a Cleveland radio station WDOK-FM announced it stopped playing the song in response to listener feedback. Some (In fact It was 1 complain!!!!) took issue over lyrics where one singer is trying to persuade the other to stay inside, with exchanges that include, “What’s in this drink?” and “Baby, don’t hold out.”
Bell Media said the company, which runs two 24-hour Christmas stations in Vancouver and Ottawa, didn’t include the Christmas tune on its playlists this year. But it also told stations it doesn’t plan to reintroduce the song in the future. CBC said, “CBC Music will be pulling the song from its rotation as of midnight and has no plans to play it going forward.” And finally Rogers runs a number of all-Christmas music stations and they are pulling the song as well!
THE INTERNET HAS BEEN RESPONDING TODAY WITH COMMENTS….. Below are some comments I found on Facebook;
- “Oh for heavens sake…I thought we Canadians were better than this….so ridiculous”
- “You listen to rap, but you’re offended by Baby it’s Cold Outside??? 😳”
- “I Demand Silver Bells also be banned or changed. Nobody competes to win silver, so the song should be Golden Bells (or platinum). Or to appease everyone, “Participation Ribbon Bells”
- “The whole world has gone mad….just stupid. It was written in 1944 and all of a sudden it’s an issue? Come on…”
- “Next thing you know they will be banning Grandma got ran over by a reindeer!!”