A Curveball in the “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” Drama

Bobby Cotton

Christmas is over but it’s still Christmas season until January 1st. That’s just a fact. “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” was in the news recently due to a Cleveland radio station pulling it from its holiday playlist due to its date-rapey lyrics.  One of their on-air hosts was quoted saying,

“I do realize that when the song was written in 1944 [by Frank Loesser], 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”

Two things come to mind after hearing this story… One, the song sucks anyway so it’s fine with me that it isn’t being played.  Don’t get me wrong, I love me some christmas music, but I’m more of “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” and a “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” kinda guy.  This song has absolutely nothing to do with Christmas other than the fact that “it’s cold outside” which they make sure you know by repeating it 30 times.  The song was made in the 40’s and popular in the 50’s when people would stand around a piano at a party, sip on their martinis or manhattans, and listen to the host couple sing it together.  

Photo – ReggieDarling.Blogspot

Times have since changed… now at parties people fight over who has AUX so they can bump tunes from their spotify playlists.   

The second thing that came to mind was how sad it is that we are so soft now as a country.  I have heard it referred to as the “Pussification of America” and it all started when they removed Dodgeball from PE class, handed out Participation Trophies, and now are banning songs that when critically analyzed could be viewed as sexist or offensive.  Let the damn song play! It’s been playing for over 50 years so why stop it now. If you want to ban songs from the radio, start with all this mumble rap crap that is making these untalented, face-tatted-losers, millionaires

Photo – Lil’ Xan

So, where is this curveball thrown into all this drama over a dumb Christmas song?  Billboard just released an updated list on song sales for this month and “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” is blowing up the charts!  It has not one, not two, but THREE VERSIONS in the top 50! Dean Martin’s version, from 1959, saw sales increase 257%, Idina Menzel and Michael Buble’s version jumped up 165%, and even Leon Redbone and Zooey Deschanel’s run at the song saw sales climb 130%.  Christmas songs in general see a 30% increase during this time of year but this gigantic jump is due to the drama surrounding the song. Funny how that works out. In the end, the true winner here is Dean Martin who is still raking it in from beyond the grave.

Moral of the story… the song blows and our country is soft… Happy Holidays Ladies and Gentlemen!

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