The Christmas song "Baby It's Cold Outside" has been in the news lately. A radio station in Cleveland decided to pull it from their playlist because the lyrics are problematic when listened to through the perspective of #MeToo. How is this song STILL being played in 2018? In the over 70 years since its release, how is it we haven't replaced it?
Let's start with this: the song has nothing to do with Christmas. Kirk pointed out this morning it's about cold weather and that's why we associate it with the holidays. I'll buy that as soon as carolers show up at my door singing, "Ice Ice Baby".
If the song feels like it's from another time, that's because IT IS! Frank Loesser wrote "Baby It's Cold Outside" in 1944. We were still fighting World War II. Think he expected it to still be a hit in 2018? We're not still singing, "Santa Says Don't Discuss Troop Movements (Cause Adolf Might Be Listening!"), are we? Of course not, I just made that song up. We're trapped in this loop of Christmas music that was written in the 40's and 50's and it's our own fault.
But Dave, what about, Mariah Carey’s "All I Want for Christmas Is You"? That’s new! I’ll give you it’s 50 years newer than “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” but even that song is almost 25 years old! “Last Christmas” is 10 years older!
Not ONE Christmas standard since 2000? Nothing? 19 Christmases in this new millennium and we've added...NOTHING to the playlist? Just retreads of the same seven songs every year. Is this something else we can blame on Millennials?
Sheryl Crow, Garth Brooks, Norah Jones, Jimmy Buffett Rod Stewart and Lady Gaga are all talented artists, right? Why haven’t any of them recorded some new Christmas song and entered it into our collective Christmas consciousness? (They’ve ALL covered "Baby It's Cold Outside) How about someone writes and records something new and good for Christmas and we all give it a chance? Something that makes us feel warm inside and not grossed out. More Bing Crosby less Bill Cosby.
We can just phase "Baby It's Cold Outside" out the same way we did "I'll Be Seeing You" and "You Always Hurt the One You Love” (other 1944 hits, I looked them up) with every other pop song that’s been released since then.
Or change the "Say, what's in this drink?"lyrics. Judy Garland thought "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" was a bummer lyrically so she changed the lyrics. Frank Sinatra changed its lyrics again to make them even more upbeat than Judy's version. You don't need a two-thirds majority vote in both the House and Senate to make changes to Christmas songs.
Either give us a few new Christmas songs or replace "What's in this drink?" with something else. Something like:
- I should catch some winks
- We're really in sync
- Let's skate at the rink
- I'm glad you're not my shrink
Also, how is "Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer" still a thing? That song promotes hit and runs, ageism and binge drinking. Not cool.