#TimesUp for the classic holiday and seasonal winter song, "Baby, It's Cold Outside" by songwriter Frank Loesser who penned the lyrics in 1944 alongside his composer wife Lynn Garland. The song was featured in the 1949 film Neptune's Daughter, winning the Oscar for best original song.
For a few years, the song has been generating a reputation for being lyrically date-rapey in theme. Does the female vocalist really want to stay? It's up for interpretation.
Cleveland's Star 102 decided to take the song out of their holiday radio rotation, writing on their website that the world we live in today is different from that of the early 40s when "Baby, It's Cold Outside" was written.
Now, I do realize 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.
Other radio stations followed Star 102's lead with San Fransisco's 96.5 KIOT and Rogers Media and Bell Media in Canada banning the song as well.
A Tumblr argument in favor of "Baby, It's Cold Outside" from a high school literature teacher with a deep analytical look at the lyrics and the time period in which they were written has been making the viral internet rounds, but not successfully enough to convince radio program directors to reinstate the tune's spot on their stations.
Elvis Duran and the Morning Show decided to take on the controversial topic and get to the bottom of the argument... is this song really offensive?