‘Baby it’s Cold Outside’ Banned From Radio
As the #MeToo Movement becomes more expressed across the US, many radio stations have chosen to discontinue the playing of ‘Baby it’s Cold Outside’ in 2018, due to inappropriate content and suggestion of non consensual activity.
As society becomes more sensitive concerning controversial issues, and people become more and more outspoken concerning their history, the line between appropriate and inappropriate becomes more and more ill defined. As this happens, topics, songs, opinions, and jokes that once were accepted in society are suddenly regarded as sexist, suggestive, or even criminal.
First banned by the Star102 FM radio station in Cleveland, Ohio, this ban has been adopted by an increasing number of radio stations across the US as the holiday season progresses. Apparently, the lyrics of this song are too suggestive and controversial in today’s climate, and must be banned.
So what side of the line is this song on? Is it innocent and fun, or has it become too suggestive in today’s current political climate? Deana Martin, the daughter of Dean Martin, the singer of this song, believes strongly in this song’s innocence. She says, “I was absolutely flabbergasted… It’s just insane. When I heard it, I said, ‘This can’t possibly be.’ You know, it’s a sweet, flirty, fun holiday song that’s been around for 40 years for my dad.” Clearly, when given a different perspective, this song still has its innocence.
However, critics believe that “the 1944 song sees a woman being pressured to stay at a man’s home, despite her own suggestions that she should leave.” This proves once again how in today’s political climate, a simple phrase now has at least twenty different levels in which people can perceive it. So is the song truly suggestive, has it always been suggestive, or is it only the evolution of perspective?
Glenn Anderson says, “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”, he wrote. This is a valid point, and must be acknowledged. As the economic climate of the world changes, so must our standards of politically correct, and so must we.
Others are torn between sides, and have an unbiased opinion on the topic. Pippa says, “I see why the banning of this song can be good, but I can also see how people can be angry about this. It really shows how sensitive people have become in our modern world.”
When considering these opinions, and truly deciphering the meaning of the song, the true thing that should be acknowledged is the complexity of our modern world. What does this banning, or not banning, mean to our society? Will we ever reach a peace? And how far are we willing to go in order to be politically correct?