A Favorite Holiday Song Is Now Being Labeled "Too Inappropriate"

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Like Holiday music or not, likely we've all heard the song"Baby, It's Cold Outside." Radio listeners in multiple markets have called in and emailed saying the song heard on holiday playlists is inappropriate. 

What are they concerned with? A duet version of the song exists when one singer tries to persuade the other to stay, and their exchanges include lyrics like "What's in this drink?" and "Baby, don't hold out." WDOK-FM midday host Glenn Anderson says he recognizes that society was different when the song was written back in 1944, but he doesn't think it has a place today, especially in the era of the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment. He announced on the pop music station's website this week that the song would no longer be in its around-the-clock rotation of holiday music.

"It wasn't really our decision. It's the decision of our listeners," WDOK host Desiray tells their local Fox affiliate, which reports that the radio station said it conducted a poll on its website about the song written by Frank Loesser, and that "a clear majority of respondents" thought it should be pulled from the airwaves. Sondra Miller, the CEO of the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, thinks pulling the song was the right call, echoing past complaints that the song promotes rape culture. WDOK is "taking a 2018 lens on a song that was written a very long time ago," she notes.

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