Controversial Christmas Carol

Dillon Gross, Reporter

The #MeToo movement has been prominent in the media since it first broke out in late 2017. The movement inspires women to speak out against men who had sexually assaulted or harassed them in the past. Many male celebrities have been accused of sexual assault and have lost their careers over it. The song “Baby It’s Cold Outside” has been facing a similar fate.

The song “Baby It’s Cold Outside” was originally written by Frank Loesser in 1944. Since then it has been covered by dozens of different artists, both professionally and for comedic purposes. But, in light of the #MeToo movement, various different radio stations have pulled it from their Christmas song repertoire.

The song’s lyrics are suggestive of sexual harassment. The song is a duet, and the female character sings lines such as “Say, what’s in this drink?” and “The answer is no”, implying that the male character in the duet isn’t respecting her consent to stay over. A radio station in Cleveland decided to pull the song after listeners voiced concern about the lyrics. The station said, “The tune might be catchy, but let’s maybe not promote that sort of an idea”, according to CNN.

Many oppose this decision. People claim that the radio station is being too sensitive. Others say that the song was written in a time when consent meant something different. After all, it was written over 70 years ago, and social norms have changed dramatically since then. Some people have written comedic parodies of it, where the male character in the duet responds to the female’s protests by repeatedly respecting her consent.

This issue has been debated since the start of this year’s Christmas season and will likely be debated for years to come. Most Christmas stations still play the song. Many people on the Internet have been suggesting that if you don’t like the song, just change the channel.