U.S. Station Plays 'Baby It's Cold Outside' For Two Hours
Despite the Christmas duet making headlines for all the wrong reasons this festive season, one radio station isn't afraid to play it - on repeat - for hours.
It's a song we've been singing every December for more than 70 years. Generations upon generations know the lyrics by heart and dozens of artists have released fresh versions over the decades -- including king swooner, Michael Buble and our girl Ariana.
But this year, a number of radio stations around the world have pulled the pin on Baby It's Cold Outside - labelling the tune "creepy" and "date-rapey". An Ohio station the first to make the decision.
A radio station in Kentucky has dug its heels in and taken a different approach. Not only has WAKY been playing the song regularly, but the station also played five versions of the song on repeat for two hours straight on Sunday. TWO HOURS!
The station made the announcement made on Facebook.
Dozens of people have commented on the post, and surprisingly, the reception wasn't too frosty.
"Thankful WAKY has some backbone to stand up to the whiners. I love this song", said one Facebook user.
"Love it! Thanks for remaining sane when others have lost their minds", said another.
"I'm not sure why it's controversial," Joe Fredele, director of programming told local news outlet WLKY. "We've played this song for years, you know, this song is older than WAKY is."
Fredele explained that he supports the #MeToo movement but doesn't understand why this particular is being singled out.
"This song is not about that. All it is is a dialogue between a man and a woman, and at the end of the song, you hear them harmonize together, so they're agreeing basically," Fredele said.
So is it political correctness gone mad? Some say yes.
Some say no.
Others aren't really fazed by the debate.
While the tune has well and truly gone cold on some, we'll let you make up your own mind.
I really can't stay (Baby it's cold outside) I gotta go away (Baby it's cold outside) This evening has been (Been hoping that you'd dropped 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?) My father will be pacing the floor (Listen to the fireplace roar) So really I'd better scurry (Beautiful please don't hurry) Well maybe just a half a drink more (I'll 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) (Why thank you) I ought to say no, no, no sir (Mind if move in closer?) At least I'm gonna say that I tried (What's the sense of hurtin' my pride?) I really can't stay (Baby don't hold out) Baby it's cold outside
Ah, you're very pushy you know? I like to think of it as opportunistic
I simply must go (Baby it's cold outside) The answer is no (But baby it's cold outside) The welcome has been (How lucky that you dropped in) So nice and warm (Look out the window at that storm) My sister will be suspicious (Gosh your lips look delicious!) My brother will be there at the door (Waves upon a tropical shore) My maiden aunt's mind is vicious (Gosh your lips are delicious!) Well maybe just a cigarette more (Never such a blizzard before) (And I don't even smoke)
I've got to get home (Baby you'll freeze out there) Say lend me a coat? (It's up to your knees out there!) You've really been grand, (I feel when I touch your hand) But 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 (Get over that old out) Baby it's cold Baby it's cold outside Okay fine, just another drink then That took a lot of convincing!