Cleveland Radio Station Bans Christmas Classic, 'Baby, It's Cold Outside'


A Cleveland radio station has drawn some attention after banning the Christmas classic, "Baby, It's Cold Outside," in which a man tries to convince a woman not to leave a party while she repeatedly says she wants to go. The 1944 song has undergone a re-evaluation in recent years, particularly in the age of #MeToo, and station WDOK-FM, which bills itself as "Cleveland's Christmas station," decided to pull it from the playlist. Host Glenn Anderson wrote on the station's website, "I do realize that when the song was written in 1944, it was a different time, but now while reading it, it seems very manipulative and wrong. The world we live in is extra sensitive now, and people get easily offended, but in a world where #MeToo has finally given women the voice they deserve, the song has no place." Another station host, Desiray, told local TV station WJW, "People might say, 'Oh, enough with that #MeToo,' but if you really put that aside and read the lyrics, it's not something that I would want my daughter to be in that kind of a situation. The tune might be catchy, but let's maybe not promote that sort of an idea." Some of the station's listeners weren't on board with the decision, however, and complained, including one who wrote on its Facebook page: "The song has been out there for a long time and now it offends people. Come on. This is getting out of hand with all the people that are offended by stuff."

 

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