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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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    Acoustic Christmas, online channel 779, began simulcasting today on channel 14. Here is what was just played. I'm not really sure what "acoustic" means but I think it must be a synonym for "secular."

    A Very Merry Christmas - Casey Shea (2007)
    All I Want For Christmas Is You - Dustin Jake (2017)
    Blue Christmas - Old Sea Brigade (2017)
    California Christmas - Leah James (2013)
    Christmas Don't Be Late - Adam Rafferty (2010)
    Christmas Memories - She & Him (2016)
    Christmas Must Be Tonight - Bahamas (2011)
    Deck The Halls - James Taylor (2004)
    Do They Know It's Christmas - Reid Jamieson (2012)
    Hard Candy Christmas - Tracey Thorn (2012)
    Hark The Herald Angels Sing - Adam Rafferty (2010)
    Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - James Taylor (2001)
    I'll Be Home For Christmas - Tift Merritt (2003)
    In The Morning - Jack Johnson/Paula Fuga/John Cruz (2011)
    It Really Is A Wonderful Life - Mindy Smith (2007)
    Jingle Bells - Martha's Trouble (2008)
    Just Like Snow - Kris Allen (2016)
    Silver Bells - Shelby Lynne (2010)
    Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - James Taylor (2004)
    The Christmas Song - James Taylor (2004)
    This Christmas Time - Denny Lloyd (2013)
    Up On The House Top - Zach Gill (2013)
    White Christmas - Kelly Clarkson (2013)
    Winter Song - Sara Bareilles/Ingrid Michaelson (2008)
    Winter Wonderland - Jon Graboff (2002)

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    All those baseless, idiotic complaints about this supposed "date-rape" song certainly boosted sales for ol' Dino. Dean died on Christmas Day 1995. I wonder what he would have thought about all this nonsense.

    Dean Martin's Baby It's Cold Outside hits top 10 on Digital Song Sales chart

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    The Hays Office was named for attorney William Hays, an attorney and president of the Motion Picture Producers & Distributors of America. The Hays Office, which enforced the Motion Picture Production Code in the 1930s-40s-50s, refused to allow Frank Loesser's Slow Boat To China to be used in the 1949 musical comedy Neptune's Daughter. They called the song "inappropriate." A man sings to a woman, "I'd like to get you on a slow boat to China, all to myself alone" and the woman objects, telling him she gets motion sickness and doesn't like the ocean. Loesser's Baby It's Cold Outside took its place. Why would censors object to the first song but not the second? Who knows?

    Here are both performances of the song from Neptune's Daughter, a duet with Esther Williams and Ricardo Montalbán and a duet with Betty Garrett and Red Skelton (who mimics Montalbán's accent):

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    Rockin' Christmas occupies online channel 781 through December 26. You have to take the bad with the good. You'll hear an X-rated song about a naked Santa getting stuck in a chimney and you'll hear that annoying song where Adam Sandler adds "onica" to the ends of words so they'll rhyme with "Chanukah" -- but you'll also hear treats such as the Christmas song the Beatles recorded in 1967 for their fan club members (and which you can also hear at ). Here is what the channel just played:

    SiriusXM Channel 781 - Rockin' Christmas

    Bizarre Christmas Incident - Ben Folds (2002)
    Christmas Is The Time To Say I Love You - Billy Squier (1981)
    Christmas Love - Billy Idol (2006)
    Christmas Time Is Here Again - Beatles (1967)
    Do They Know It's Christmas - Band Aid (1984)
    Father Christmas - Kinks (1977)
    Happy Xmas (War Is Over) - Moody Blues (2003)
    Happy Xmas (War Is Over) - REO Speedwagon (2009)
    Happy Xmas (War Is Over) - Shaw/Lukather/Mendoza/Aronoff (2008)
    I Believe In Father Christmas - Emerson Lake & Palmer (1977)
    I Won't Be Home For Christmas - Blink-182 (2001)
    Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight Tonight) - Ramones (1989)
    Merry Christmas Baby - Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band (1987)
    Merry Xmas Everybody - Slade (1973)
    Mistress For Christmas - AC/DC (1990)
    Please Come Home For Christmas - Eagles (1978)
    Punk Rawk Christmas - MxPx (2009)
    Rock N Roll Santa - Michael Des Barres (2012)
    Santa Baby - Everclear (1997)
    Silent Night - Faster Pussycat (2003)
    Sleigh Ride - REO Speedwagon (2010)
    Thank God It's Christmas - Queen (1984)
    The Chanukah Song - Adam Sandler (1995)
    Wonderful Christmastime - Paul McCartney (1979)
    Yellin' At The Xmas Tree - Billy Idol (2005)

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    Oscar McLollie -- his real name was Oscar Mack Lollie -- was a Louisiana-born jump blues singer who, between 1952 and 1960, released 15 solo singles and two singles with Jeanette Baker. His only chart hit was Hey Girl, Hey Boy, a 1958 duet with Baker. Holiday Traditions just played McLollie's 1954 recording Dig That Crazy Santa Claus: "Man oh man, he's really gone." Here is the song:

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