Classic Christmas song BANNED over fears it promotes 'rape culture'
A US radio station in has banned classic Christmas song Baby It’s Cold Outside on their station, following feedback from listeners believing it is sexist, promotes non-consensual sex and references date rape.
Glenn Anderson, a host on Ohio's Star 102, wrote: “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.”
Other radio stations across the US and Canada are now following suit.
San Francisco’s KOIT pulled the plug on the tune, and Canadian public broadcasting service CBC announced it will stop playing ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ on all of its stations.
The song, from the 1949 film Neptune's Daughter, depicts a man trying to persuade his female guest to have another drink and stay the night at his place.
Whilst it won an Academy Award for Best Original Song, many people view the lyrics of the song as being problematic in 2018.
Some of its most controversial lines include:
"I really can't stay (oh baby don't hold out)", where the woman is trying to leave, but the man stops her.
"Say what's in this drink? (no cabs to be had out there)", in which many believe is a reference to date rape.
On Good Morning Britain, journalist Daisy Buchanan pointed out: “This is not what happy, healthy flirting looks like.”
“She’s trying to manage his expectations. So many women have been through that experience where they’re like, ‘well I don’t want to make things worse for myself’.”
Not everyone agrees the song is offensive and sexist.
Another radio station in Denver, Colorado also stopped playing the tune before reinstating it into its Christmas playlist, after conducting a Facebook poll to find nearly 95 per cent of their audience were against the ban.
On Good Morning Britain, Niall Boylan called Daisy Buchanan and other ‘feminists’ opposing the song ‘cry-bullies’.
“It’s a beautiful song from a beautiful film from a time that was very different, when society was very different,” he added.