As The Debate Over ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’ Rages On, How Far Is Too Far?

By Ana Veciana-Suarez
Tribune News Service

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) When a Cleveland station pulled the song from its holiday rotation, a host called the song “manipulative and wrong.”

Tribune News Service

Has the pendulum swung too far? So far out of the park and over the horizon that we have lost our minds and our focus?

I ask this because of the recent squabble over a Christmas classic that pits the well-meaning against the confused, the righteous against the exasperated, the #MeToo adherents against the #EnoughIsEnough contingent.

The brouhaha has led to some very unseasonable arguments, including one I witnessed at a holiday party between two friends who were completely convinced of their own differing opinions.

In case you’ve been too busy shopping to notice (lucky you), let me offer a recap of the news: Radio stations across the country are pulling the plug on the decades-old song, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” You know it, the earworm you keep singing to yourself long after it has stopped playing. I’m humming it now, even as I pound away on my keyboard.

It’s a duet in which the man cajoles his date to stay, pleading inclement weather. Back in the day, the song, which won an Oscar for the 1949 film “Neptune’s Daughters,” was regarded as sexy banter, a musical flirtation. Not so now. This is the era of Harvey Weinstein and Bill Cosby and Les Moonves. The era of women rising.

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