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    Here is an excerpt of a column by Los Angeles Times writer Libby Hill. I'm guessing she was named for the late 1960s Women's Lib movement. Hey, Libby, instead of criticizing an Academy Award-winning song written 74 years ago, how about condemning the many thousands of sex-and-violence-filled gangsta rap songs? Huh? Huh?

    Radio stations are starting to ban Baby, It's Cold Outside. Good
    Libby Hill, Los Angeles Times, Dec 5 2018 3:45 PM

    Cleveland radio station WDOK decided last week to remove the classic song Baby, It’s Cold Outside from its holiday rotation over lyrics that, through a #MeToo lens, now seem a little rape-y. Other stations, including KOIT in San Francisco and the CBC, Rogers Media and Bell Media in Canada, quickly followed suit. Good for them.

    Of course, the song has been a lightning rod for at least a decade, with Urban Dictionary dubbing it the "Christmas Date Rape Song" in 2006 and the hot takes resurfacing every year since. Written in 1944 by Guys & Dolls composer Frank Loesser, Baby, It’s Cold Outside is a coy, sexy, call-and-response duet between a woman who wants to leave for home and a man who persuades her to stay.

    Why is it good that radio stations are starting to blacklist a seemingly innocuous holiday chestnut? Because times have changed and language has evolved and the song is making people uncomfortable. In Denver, KOSI removed the ditty from its holiday rotation, only to reverse its decision in the face of public outcry, using an Internet poll as the basis for its amended position. San Francisco's KOIT is facing similar pushback from listeners.

    A lot has changed in the 74 years since Baby, It's Cold Outside was penned. Words that were once used freely are seen through new eyes and deemed no longer acceptable. As the world evolves in the wake of #MeToo, there will be cultural casualties. There will be movies and songs and books that fail to hold up to increased scrutiny. It is the price we pay for a better world. If Baby, It's Cold Outside is one of those casualties, so be it.

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    This is making the rounds on the World Wide Web -- and I wouldn't be surprised if these Christmas song bans someday come to pass:

    Dear Radio Station,

    Since you decided to pull Baby It’s Cold Outside from the playlist because someone was offended, I feel these other holiday songs must also be removed as they are offensive as well. Do so immediately.

    1. White Christmas: Racist.
    2. The Christmas Song: Open fire? Pollution. Folks dressed up like Eskimos? Cultural appropriation.
    3. A Holly Jolly Christmas: Kiss her once for me? Unwanted advances.
    4. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus: subjecting minors to softcore porn.
    5. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town: Sees you when you’re sleeping? Knows when you’re awake? Peeping Tom stalker.
    6. The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year: Everyone telling you be of good cheer? Forced to hide depression.
    7. Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer: Bullying.
    8. It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas: Forced gender-specific gifts: dolls for Janice and Jen and boots and pistols (GUNS!) for Barney and Ben.
    9. Santa Baby: Gold digger, blackmail.
    10. Frosty The Snowman: Sexist; not a snow woman.
    11. Do You Hear What I Hear: blatant disregard for the hearing impaired.
    12. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas: Make the yuletide GAY? Wow, just wow.
    13. Jingle Bell Rock: Giddyup, jingle horse, pick up your feet: animal abuse
    14. Mistletoe & Holly: Overeating? Folks stealing a kiss or two? How did this song ever see the light of day?
    15. Winter Wonderland: Parson Brown demanding they get married? Forced partnership.

    Offended-By-Everything America

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    I was surprised to hear It Feels Like Christmas on Holiday Traditions. The Muppets sing the song to Ebenezer Scrooge (played by Michael Caine) in the 1992 movie The Muppet Christmas Carol. The film didn't do well at the box office. It was competing with Aladdin and Home Alone 2. Here is the song (and the Muppets):

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    Country Christmas just played All I Want For Christmas Is You by Vince Vance & the Valiants. Lisa Layne, the lead singer, starred in the touring musicals A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline and Always, Patsy Cline from 1993 to 2011. She now lives in Texas, where she stars in a new show called Reflections Of Patsy Cline. Here is the video of All I Want For Christmas Is You, recorded in 1989 (five years before that sneaky Mariah Carey released a song with the same title):

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