Holiday song Baby It's Cold Outside axed because of 'inappropriate lyrics'

Cleveland radio station ices out 'Baby It's Cold Outside' from rotation citing #MeToo

Christmas FM confirm they won't be playing 'Baby, It's Cold Outside' due to its controversial lyrics

A radio station in OH pulled a Christmas oldie from its playlist because some people could be offended by its rakish lyrics - and a Kansas City radio station is catching grief for it.

Over the last several years, many have called the song "date-rapey" in reference to the lyrics "Say, what's in this drink?"

A U.S. radio station has removed the Christmas classic Baby It's Cold Outside from its playlist.

The Midwestern US radio station's decision drew a barrage of comments on social media, where many people wrote that it was taking #MeToo too far and that the lyrics were playful and harmless.

"We are aware of the controversy regarding "Baby, It's Cold Outside" and based on feedback from our listeners we have chose to pull the song from KOSI 101.1", said Program Director Jim Lawson in an email to FOX31.

Special criticism has been reserved for the line "say, what's in this drink", which has been accused of carrying the implication that the woman's drink has been spiked.

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.

In response to a tweet asking why they wouldn't be playing the song, Christmas FM replied by saying that the song "didn't resonate well with listeners", and for that reason it was in fact dropped in 2017.

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

"Baby It's Cold Outside", which was written by "Guys and Dolls" songwriter Frank Loesser in 1944, was not suitable in the age of #MeToo, said the station's hosts in Cleveland Ohio.

The song found fame when it was used in the 1949 film Neptune's Daughter.

Whether the song is controversial or not or should be played can continue to be debated, but there's one thing we can all agree on - and that's that the version with Tom Jones and Cerys Matthews from Catatonia is a banger.

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