UPDATE (4:32 p.m. Tuesday): KOSI 101.1 announced Tuesday that the 1944 jingle “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” will return to the station’s 24/7 holiday music lineup after they joined other radio stations across the country and pulled the song after listener complaints.
KOSI 101.1 has joined other radio stations across the country in pulling “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” from its 24/7 holiday music lineup. In a statement to Denver7, KOSI said it had received a significant number of complaints from listeners who say in the age of the #MeToo movement, the song is inappropriate and has corrupt messages of consent.
KOSI 101.1 has posted a poll asking whether it should play the 1940s tune. You can vote and see results here. As of 3 a.m. Tuesday, nearly 6,800 people had voted. About 95 percent of them voted “yes” to playing the song on the station.
A Cleveland radio station was first to pull the song over the weekend. It also posted a poll to gauge listening feedback after receiving a complaint.
“It really pushed the line of consent,” Cleveland Rape Crisis Center President and CEO Sondra Miller told a Cleveland TV station. “The character in the song is saying ‘No,’ and they're saying well, ‘Does no really mean yes?’ And I think in 2018 what we know is consent is ‘Yes’ and if you get a ‘No,’ it means no and you should stop right there.”
Here are the original song lyrics:
I really can't stay - Baby it's cold outside
I've got to go away - Baby it's cold outside
This evening has been - Been hoping that you'd drop in
So very nice - I'll hold your hands, they're just like ice
My mother will start to worry - Beautiful, what's your hurry?
Father will be pacing the floor - Listen to the fireplace roar
So really I'd better scurry - Beautiful, please don't hurry
Maybe just a half a drink more - Put some records on while I pour
The neighbors might think - Baby, it's bad out there
Say, what's in this drink? - No cabs to be had out there
I wish I knew how - Your eyes are like starlight now
To break this spell - I'll take your hat, your hair looks swell
I ought to say no, no, no - Mind if I move in closer?
At least I'm gonna say that I tried - What's the sense in hurting my pride?
I really can't stay - Baby don't hold out
Ah, but it's cold outside
I've got to get home - Oh, baby, you'll freeze out there
Say, lend me your coat - It's up to your knees out there
You've really been grand - Thrill when you touch my hand
Why don't you see - How can you do this thing to me?
There's bound to be talk tomorrow - Think of my life long sorrow
At least there will be plenty implied - If you caught pneumonia and died
I really can't stay - Ah, but it's cold outside