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People Think Christmas Classic 'Baby It's Cold Outside' Is Actually A Rape Song

People Think Christmas Classic 'Baby It's Cold Outside' Is Actually A Rape Song

The debate about the song being about rape peaked when the #MeToo movement began.

 When Christmas rolls around, it can only mean one thing. It's the season of gift-giving, delicious aromas of homemade treats wafting around the house, and getting together with one's family and friends in front of the fireplace. It's during this festive season that we watch classic Christmas movies and sing or hum popular Christmas songs. However, one particular song has stirred up controversy. People have claimed that the song, "Baby, It's Cold Outside" is inappropriate as it pertains to date rape. It particularly became a hot-button topic when the #MeToo movement first began as women around the world went public with their experiences of sexual misconduct and assault.



 

 



 

 

The song, which became famous in the 1949 movie Neptune's Daughter has been regarded as something from a bygone era. The woman in the song is seen trying to leave an apartment while the man is pushing her to stay with him inside. "I really can't stay (Baby it's cold outside)...I ought to say no, no, no sir (Mind if move in closer?) ... At least I'm gonna say that I tried (What's the sense of hurtin' my pride?)," are the lyrics of the song. Twitterverse was left furious about the song still being celebrated. One user Rod wrote: The worst part is, the dude spikes the drink and the girl says “well at least I tried!” That was mostly written by a sex offender.



 

 



 

Another Marcus Alonzo shared: I hear that was a great time to be alive, when rape and alcoholism was acceptable. A third revealed: We refer to this song as "the date rape song" at my house. User @randalgraves7 regarded the song as "the world's finest song about Christmas rape."

In the wake of the backlash, one radio station in Ohio decided to drop the song from their list in 2018. According to ABC News, a midday host on Cleveland’s WDOK-FM, Glenn Anderson explained in a blog post that the 1940s song "has no place" in our world today. 



 

 



 

 

"Now, I do realize that when the song was written in 1944, it was a different time, but now while reading it, it seems very manipulative and wrong," he shared. "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."

However, there were some who came to the song's defense noting that it encourages a woman's liberation. FYI, the song is not about rape. The song, at the time was regarded as pro-woman's liberation because she wants to stay, and does so in the end. Her argument for leaving encompasses all of the reasons that society tells her she should not stay, which amounts to a woman being vilified for her sexuality, explained a YouTube user.



 

 



 

 



 

 

User Ariistra noted: When I read the lyrics, it looked really weird, but watching the actual video, she's just playing with him and teasing him. She shows no sign of actual panic or anything. Twitter user @kakarotta_ftw shared: The song "Baby it's cold outside" is being trashed by people with the #MeToo. It's not a date rape song. Now they are remaking it. Like wtf!! It's a beautiful song! Nothing needs to be changed about it. Sorry, this needs to be said. Stop ruining the song and let it be!

Some even noted how the second part shows the same thing but this time the roles are reversed. YouTube user Nate Mendoza wrote: lol everyone is talking about the first part and the woman is being “forced” but then nobody talks about the second part because apparently women can't do the same. Another pointed out: Weird how when the girl is much more pushy and trying to hold him in but you know, we just don’t notice that.



 

 



 

 

Look at the video of the song below and let us know what you think:



 


 
 

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