Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

Radio stations ban "Baby, It's Cold Outside" in the Me Too era

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Charles Bowen | 08 December, 2018, 12:10

News spoke with Susan Loesser, the daughter of Broadway legend Frank Loesser who wrote the song, and asked her about the controversy around what some have perceived as a sexual assault-like motif to the song.

"Still, deejays are hesitant to play the song."I didn't understand why the lyrics were so bad", said Glenn Anderson from Cleveland's Star 102 radio, "... until I read them".

"Bill Cosby ruined it for everybody", Susan Loesser told NBC. "Way before #MeToo, I would hear from time to time people call it a date rape song".

The song, written by composer Frank Lesser, was first performed by him and his wife Lynn garland at a family party, as humorous sketches, hinting that it was time to go.

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Cosby was sentenced to up to 10 years in prison in September for drugging and attacking a woman, but more than 60 others accused him of historic crimes including rape, drug-facilitated sexual assault, sexual battery, child sexual abuse, and sexual misconduct. "It's the decision of our listeners", WDOK midday host Desiray said, adding that the station's listeners help develop the holiday song lineup.

Some argue the lyrics have not aged well in the aftermath of #MeToo, like the woman telling the man "no, no, no" and asking "what's in this drink?" For example, one part of the song has the female singer saying, "what's in this drink?" Susan says connecting the song to the MeToo movement is off the mark. 'But I think it would be good if people looked at the song in the context of the time. "People used to say "what's in this drink" as a joke. You know, 'this drink is going straight to my head so what's in this drink?' Back then it didn't mean you drugged me".

Say what's in this drink? "This song is included in his very successful 1959 "Winter Romance" album and I'm very proud that it has become an evergreen favorite that is played every holiday season", Deana told FOX News.

Now, Dean Martin's daughter, Deana Martin has responded to the controversy.

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