You can mark down a win for normal Americans that appreciate Christmas Classics. Overly sensitive feminists seem to have inadvertently helped a Christmas song gain back some popularity. The Christmas song “Baby It’s Cold Outside” has been jumping in popularity this season. And we have the feminists to thank for their overreaction to the song claiming it is a pro-rape.
“Under fire amid the #MeToo movement from critics who say “Baby It’s Cold Outside” is sexist and hints at date rape, radio stations in Cleveland and San Francisco have dropped the holiday staple from their Christmas playlists and others in the U.S. and Canada are following suit.”
The songwriter’s daughter, Susan Loesser, blames Bill Cosby and a lack of cultural understanding there is quite a difference from 1944 and today.
“Loesser, 74, said she understands why women nowadays might bristle at the song, which features a man trying to convince a woman to spend the night because the weather outside is frightful — and includes the line, “Say what’s in this drink?”
“I think my father would be furious at that,” she said. “People used to say ‘what’s in this drink’ as a joke. You know, this drink is going straight to my head so what’s in this drink? Back then it didn’t mean you drugged me.”
But luckily Americans stepped up and recognized that this is a Christmas Classic that is flirty. This is not a song about rape.
“Dean Martin‘s version, recorded in 1959, is the chart’s Greatest Gainer, soaring 23-2 for its highest rank in over seven years,” reports Billboard. “In the week ending Dec. 6, Martin’s take charged by 257 percent to 7,000 sold.”
The flirting in the song is forward but at no time does he lock the door and force her to stay. In fact, at the end of the song, the girl joins in and start to sing that it is cold outside.
Listen To Dean Martin’s Rendition Below.
“Karen North, a USC communications professor whose great uncle was a producer of “Guys and Dolls” and several other Loesser shows, said the song has been misinterpreted.”
It’s all about how women in that era were not allowed to be unchaperoned with a man. The song is about two people who are mutually attracted and want to find an excuse to stay together.”
“It’s about a woman coming up with an excuse to stay because she’s had too much to drink and is referring to alcohol,” she said.