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'Manipulative and Wrong': Ohio radio station stops playing 'Baby It's Cold Outside'

Cleveland radio station WDOK removed the song from its list of holiday music after objections from listeners, host Desiray McCray told local media last week.

"Baby It's Cold Outside" has been covered by Lady Gaga, Tom Jones and Dean Martin among others and featured in the children's film Elf, which stars Will Ferrell.
The woman sings: "I ought to say, no, no, no sir".

Debate over the well-known tune "Baby It's Cold Outside" has been brewing for some years, but a radio station in OH has taken the unprecedented step of refusing to play the song ahead of the Christmas period, because it is "no longer appropriate".

Complaints: These radio listeners aren't the only ones to complain about the song.

In a blog post justifying the station's decision, radio Presenter Glenn Anderson said he didn't understand why the lyrics were "so bad" until he read them.

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Not when its lyrics suggest a man who won't take no for an answer.

Comedian and writer Jen Kirkman explained how the song may not be about a man persuading a woman to stay and have sex with him, but rather how a woman's reputation will suffer if she wants to stay, and does. "Say what's in this drink" is an old movie line from the 30's that means "I'm telling the truth".

"The world we live in is extra sensitive now, and people get easily offended", Anderson said. "She wanted to get down and stay over".

While another did see how the lyrics were inappropriate, but pointed out by not playing the song won't change much.

Origins: Frank Loesser ("Guys and Dolls") wrote the song as a duet for himself and his wife back in 1944, according to Entertainment Weekly.

"I think it's taking a 2018 lens on a song that was written a very long time ago".



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