Is It Time To Pull 'Baby, It's Cold Outside' Out Of The Christmas Song Rotation?

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If you've been to a holiday party, turned on the radio, or walked into any department store this time of year, you've probably heard Frank Loesser's "Baby, It's Cold Outside."

But some critics say the song's lyrics are problematic and raise questions around proper sexual consent.

In response, radio stations in Cleveland, San Francisco and Denver all announced they were pulling the song from their Christmas song rotation. Meanwhile, WAKY, a radio station in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, played "Baby, It's Cold Outside"-- five different versions of it — on repeat for two hours earlier this week.

In the #MeToo era, does "Baby, It's Cold Outside" still have a place among the Christmas classics?


Maura Johnston, a writer, editor, adjunct professor at Boston College and contributor to the Boston Globe and the online magazine Pitchfork. She tweets @maura.

Joe Bennett, a musicologist and vice president for academic affairs at Berklee College of Music in Boston. He tweets @JoeBennettMusic.

This segment aired on December 19, 2018.

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