‘Me Too’ era: Radio stations removing "Baby It's Cold Outside"
A number of radio stations around the U.S. are taking the song "Baby It's Cold Outside" off the air because some feel the lyrics push the lines.
The song was released 70 years ago, when societal norms were very different, but in the "Me Too" era, its cultural context has changed.
While some may hear the song as playful, others hear something else.
Sondra Miller, CEO of the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, analyses the line, “I really can't stay. But baby its cold outside."
"We support the decision,” says Miller. “I think it's taking a 2018 lens on a song that was written a very long time ago. 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.'"
People in favor of the decision say to enjoy all the other holiday songs.