Backlash After Radio Station Axes Popular Christmas Song

A radio presenter said he didn't understand why the lyrics were causing controversy, until he read them.

Debate over the well-known tune "Baby It's Cold Outside" has been brewing for some years, but a radio station in Ohio has taken the unprecedented step of refusing to play the song ahead of the Christmas period, because it is "no longer appropriate".

In a blog post justifying the station's decision, radio Presenter Glenn Anderson said he didn't understand why the lyrics were "so bad" until he read them.

The song, which was first written in 1944, has become a Christmas-time classic, with multiple covers from stars including Michael Bublé and Idina Menzel and even a cameo in the film Elf.

But concerned listeners have been calling out the song for several years over its apparent sinister message behind the songs lyrics.

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?"

Esther Williams and Ricardo Montalbán's perform "Baby It's Cold Outside in the 1949 film "Neptune's Daughter (Photo: CBS)

Listeners have long described the song's lyrics as sounding "date-rapey" and "creepy."

Last month one twitter user said in light of the #MeToo movement, the song should be removed from all holiday playlists "once and for all".

And this week the radio station appears to have agreed with the chorus of complaints, with Anderson writing that it was sending the wrong message in the #MeToo era.

"The world we live in is extra sensitive now, and people get easily offended," Anderson said .

"But in a world where #MeToo has finally given women the voice they deserve, the song has no place."

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.

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