Radio station drops Baby it's Cold Outside from Christmas playlist


A radio station says it has stopped playing "Baby, It's Cold Outside" after listeners said the song heard on countless festive playlists is "inappropriate".

The decades-old catchy song, recorded by such big names as Dean Martin, Ray Charles and Dolly Parton, recounts efforts of a man coaxing a woman to stay with him and overriding her objections. The duet normally has a male singer offering "a half a drink more" in an effort to keep the woman around, despite her concerns her parents will be anxious.

"When the song was written in 1944, it was a different time, but now while reading it, it seems very manipulative and wrong", wrote Glenn Anderson, another on-air host, on the station's website.

The debate over the meaning of the song has continued to divide social media, so for now, radio stations like Star 102 will be giving it the cold treatment.

The tune featured lines including: "Say, what's in this drink?", "I really can't stay / Baby don't hold out" and "I ought to say no, no, no / Mind if I move in closer?"

The 1940s Christmas classic "Baby, It's Cold Outside" no longer stands the test of time.

The tune takes the form of a back-and-forth conversation between a man attempting to dissuade his female date from leaving his house by arguing that the weather is bad.

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I'm so exhausted of this. "She wanted to get down and stay over".

She said: "If you want to be outraged, be outraged about what the song is actually about - the double standard in regards to sex that women face and how nothing much has changed".

In response to a tweet asking why they wouldn't be playing the song, Christmas FM replied by saying that the song "didn't resonate well with listeners", and for that reason it was in fact dropped in 2017.

But a poll on the station's Facebook page showed a majority of respondents did not want the song banned.

Mr Anderson said he backed the station's decision to remove the song which he believes "has no place" in a post-Me Too world.

But on Twitter some people could see why the song could be offensive.

But others have slammed the station's decision, claiming the song's lyrics, which were also made famous in the 1949 film "Neptune's Daughter", aren't as sinister as they were being made out.