Every Christmas for the last five or so years, Social Justice Warriors ignore the popular music of the time, which is often rife with misogyny, and set their sights on “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” a classic romantic Christmas tune first recorded in the 1940s.
Critics of the song argue that the male voice attempting to convince the woman he’s fond of to stay over is pushy, not romantic, and ridiculously claim he is trying to date rape the woman he’s wooing. Due to the outrage, at least one radio station in California temporarily blocked the song and another station in Minnesota created their own cringe-inducing “responsible” version.
But a Kentucky radio station took a different route: playing the needlessly controversial song on repeat for a solid two hours.
According to The Hill, the Kentucky-based radio station WAKY played five different versions of the Christmas classic on Sunday morning. “WE LOVE THE SONG!” wrote the station in a Saturday post advertising the “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” marathon.
“BABY, IT’S COLD OUTSIDE! We like it and we’re not afraid to play it on WAKY for the next couple of hours!” posted the station to their Facebook wall on Sunday.
BABY, IT'S COLD OUTSIDE! We like it and we're not afraid to play it on WAKY for the next couple of hours!
Many responded to the post by applauding the station’s guts.
“Wish I lived there thank you for taking a stand against stupidity,” wrote one woman.
Another commenter cheered, “GREAT JOB!! I too have purposely included 3 different renditions on our Xmas loop in the restaurant where I work, so that it gets the air-play it deserves!!!”
“Thank you WAKY! The attack on this song has been ridiculous at best. There are rap songs that need a real XXX-rating and yet they play on. Thank you for not caving to these miserable loonies and Merry Christmas!” reads one post.
Director of programming for WAKY Joe Fredele told WLKY that he’s “not sure why it’s controversial.” “We’ve played this song for years, you know, this song is older than WAKY is. It’s almost 70 years old,” he said.
“This song is not about that. All it is … is a dialogue between a man and a woman, and at the end of the song, you hear them harmonize together, so they’re agreeing basically,” Fredele elaborated, according to Fox News. “It’s just a fun way of saying, ‘Hey, this is our vote for that song. It’s a fun song. It’s a romantic song, don’t pick on it.”
Earlier this month, San Francisco station KOIT caved to the outrage mob and banned the song from their airwaves, though, as reported by The Daily Wire a few days later, the song was reinstated after a whopping 77% of listeners said they opposed the ban.
Woke songwriters Lydia Liza and Josiah Lemanski “revised the lyrics to emphasize the importance of consent in sexual relationships” in 2016, according to Minnesota radio station The Current. The lyrics are basically about a man kicking a woman out of his home though it appears she’d really like to stay. Here’s a sample of the lyrics:
I really can’t stay (Baby, I’m fine with that)
I ought to say no, no, no, sir (You reserve the right to say no)
At least I’m gonna say that I tried (You reserve the right to say no)
I really can’t stay (You don’t have to)