Radio station bans Christmas classic, labelling it inappropriate

Cleveland's Star 102 WDOK-FM has made a decision to ban the song from its 24-hour Christmas rotation after some of its users complained that the lyrics are inappropriate, especially in the light of the #MeToo movement.

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 controversy surrounding "Baby, It's Cold Outside" began when a radio station in the United States said that it was removing the song from its playlists over concerns that the song was tacitly about sexual assault.

Many furious listeners were so horrified at the station's decision that they threatened to boycott it, branding those who wanted the song removed "snowflakes".

Why: Glenn Anderson, a host for the radio station that banned the song, said the lyrics felt "manipulative and wrong".

The #MeToo movement exploded on social media previous year after accusations of sexual abuse were made public against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.

Origins: Frank Loesser ("Guys and Dolls") wrote the song as a duet for himself and his wife back in 1944, according to Entertainment Weekly. He tries to persuade her to have another drink with him and spend the night with him despite her saying "The answer is no".

Sondra Miller, president of the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, said that "in 2018, what we know is consent is "Yes" and if you get a "No" it means "No" and you should stop right there". "The song seems odd now not cuz it's about coercing sex but about a woman who knows her reputation is ruined if she stays".

"While we certainly respect the "Me Too" movement and would absolutely look into concerns over lyrics in the music we play, I have not received complaints about this song", Rush told The Star on Monday.

Star 102 brands itself as "Cleveland's Christmas Station".

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