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Radio Station Bans “Baby It's Cold Outside” Amid #MeToo

Radio station bans “Baby It's Cold Outside” amid #MeToo movement                                          

A Cleveland radio station has stopped playing Baby It’s Cold Outside because of complaints about its lyrics.

On Tuesday, WDOK Star 102 announced the decision on its website explaining that listeners “told us it’s no longer appropriate.”

The station says the song, written in 1944 and first recorded in 1949, is from “a different time” but today the lyrics seem “very manipulative and wrong.”

  • The song is often performed as a male/female duet in which the male attempts to persuade the female to stay the night with him rather than venture out into wintry weather.
  • The male’s persistence after the female says she “can’t stay” and has “got to go” has drawn criticism, along with the line “what’s in this drink?”

Regarding public reaction to the lyrics (below), Star 102 says on its website “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.”

Read the lyrics to the full song below....


(I really can't stay) But, baby, it's cold outside

(I've got to go away) But, baby, it's cold outside

(This evening has been) Been hoping that you'd drop in

(So very nice) I'll hold your hands they're just like ice

(My mother will start to worry) Beautiful, what's your hurry

(My father will be pacing the floor) Listen to the fireplace roar

(So really I'd better scurry) Beautiful, please don't hurry

(Well, maybe just half a drink more) Put some records on while I pour

(The neighbors might think) Baby, it's bad out there

(Say what's in this drink) No cabs to be had out there

(I wish I knew how) Your eyes are like starlight now

(To break this spell) I'll take your hat, your hair looks swell

(I ought to say no, no, no, sir) Mind if I move in closer

(At least I'm gonna say that I tried) What's the sense of hurting my pride

(I really can't stay) Baby, don't hold doubt

[Both] Baby, it's cold outside

(I simply must go) Baby, it's cold outside

(The answer is no) Baby, it's cold outside

(The welcome has been) How lucky that you dropped in

(So nice and warm) Look out the window at the storm

(My sister will be suspicious) Gosh your lips look delicious

(My brother will be there at the door) Waves upon a tropical shore

(My maiden aunt's mind is vicious) Gosh your lips are delicious

(But maybe just a cigarette more) Never such a blizzard before

(I got to get home) But, baby, you'd freeze out there

(Say lend me a coat) It's up to your knees out there

(You've really been grand) I thrill when you touch my hand

(But don't you see) How can you do this thing to me

(There's bound to be talk tomorrow) Think of my life long sorrow

(At least there will be plenty implied) If you caught pneumonia and died

(I really can't stay) Get over that old doubt

[Both] Baby, it's cold

[Both] Baby, it's cold outside

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