We couldn’t leave the Christmas songs alone, could we?
Recently, a few radio stations have refused to play the song “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” because of how “extra sensitive” our culture is.
First of all, this song was written 70 years ago. Context is key. Years before the song made its debut in the film “Neptune’s Daughter” and won the best original song Oscar as a result, Frank Loesser wrote “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” for himself and his wife to sing at parties.
Second, remember that society was much different in the 1940s. Watch any movie set in that time period and you’ll see that society did not accept “loose” women very well. The lyric “I ought to say no, no, no,” shows that’s what society expected women to do. A man wouldn’t be judged when he snuck home late at night but a woman would have “a suspicious sister, a brother waiting at the door and an aunt with a vicious mind.”
The song is supposed to be funny, light-hearted and satirical. It’s obvious that both of the participants were joking around and were both consenting adults.
Honestly, people need to get over it and move on with their lives but if they want something to be offended about, why aren’t they offended about the hundreds of rap songs that objectify women and glorify rape and drug culture?
Let’s take a look at some popular songs that play multiple times a day on the radio, shall we?
“Ten hoes in the studio. Yes, I'm gonna miss you though. But I got a lot of dope. Spanish b****, she love the coke. Put my d*** straight down her throat.” – XXXTentacion & Lil Pump, “Arms Around You.”
“I'm a sick f***, I like a quick f***. I like my d*** sucked, I'll buy you a sick truck. I'll buy you some new t***, I'll get you that nip-tuck. How you start a family? The condom slipped up. I'm a sick f***, I'm inappropriate. I like hearin' stories, I like that hoe s***.” – Kanye West, “I love it.”
So you’re telling me that these songs are perfectly fine to play on the radio, but a satirical winter song from the ‘40s is just “too offensive.” Give me a break and let’s talk about something that matters, like the Hurricane Michael victims who are still living in tents or the hundreds of families who lost their homes to the fires in California.
I'm ready for our society to start being offended about truly offensive things, instead of hypocritically choosing what hurts our feelings.