There’s been an onslaught of online backlash after an Ohio radio station banned a popular Christmas Carol, deeming it ‘inappropriate’.

The cult Christmas song ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ has been axed from a Cleveland Radio Station due to its problematic lyrics in our current #MeToo landscape.

The song, which was written by Frank Loesser in 1944, has been covered by the likes of Lady Gaga, Jessica Simpson, Michael Bublé, and Will Ferrell and Zooey Deschanel in the movie, Elf. 

Star 102 Cleveland’s presenter Glenn Anderson said in a statement: “I do realise that when the song was written in 1944, it was a different time, but now while reading it, it seems very manipulative and wrong.”

“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 said.

If you listen to the lyrics carefully, you’ll notice that the entire duet is a man insisting a woman stay, despite her desire to leave. Some of the woman’s lines include “Say, what’s in this drink?” and “I ought to say no”.

Have a look at some of the lyrics… 


Female: I really can’t stay.

Male: Baby it’s cold outside. 

Female: I gotta go away.

Male: Baby it’s cold outside. 

Female: I ought to say no, no, no sir

Male: Mind if move in closer?


Female: At least I’m gonna say that I tried

Him: What’s the sense of hurtin’ my pride?

Her: I really can’t stay.

Him: Baby don’t hold out.

While the radio station claims that it was their listeners who insisted ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ be axed, a Facebook poll of more than 5,000 people revealed that 94 per cent of people think the song is “a classic”, with only six per cent considering the song “inappropriate”.


“Then I guess you should stop playing Santa baby, I saw mommy kissing Santa, Grandma got run over, because people think those are offensive too,” one person commented. “This PC stuff is getting ridiculous, play whatever if people don’t like it they will turn the knob. You will never please everyone 100%.”

Another said, “I actually find it offensive that people are ruining things for other people that actually like the song.. its one my favorite song.”

The song was written by Frank Loesser and his wife Lynn, which they performed together at numerous parties. 

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