Ohio radio station pulls “Baby It’s Cold Outside” due to ‘predatory undertones’

Posted at 4:38 PM, Nov 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-01 14:24:34-05

CLEVELAND, Ohio – A Cleveland radio station has pulled a popular Christmas song, after listeners voiced concerns about the songs lyrics.

The song, “Baby It’s Cold Outside” was written back in the 1940’s, but some believe it is not appropriate for 2018.

CNN affiliate WJW in Cleveland reports WDOK Christmas 102.1 pulled the song from its around-the-clock rotation of Christmas music this week after receiving a call from a listener who suggested the song had predatory undertones, and was inappropriate.

Lyrics include a verse where the woman sings “say, what’s in this drink?”, another saying “I simply must go… the answer is no.”

The station polled listeners about the song, and a majority supported the decision to remove the song.

WJW interviewed the President of the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, Sondra Miller, who said she supports the decision.

“It really pushed the line of consent,” Miller said. “The character in the song is saying ‘no,’ and they’re saying well, ‘does no really mean yes?’ and I think in 2018 what we know is consent is ‘yes’ and if you get a ‘no,’ it means ‘no’ and you should stop right there.”