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Radio Station Makes Statement By Playing "Baby It's Cold Outside" On Repeat

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Even if you don't keep up with the news, word of mouth travels fast so someone you know probably filled you in on the controversy surrounding the classic Christmas tune "Baby It's Cold Outside."

For years now, some people have pointed out that the lyrics of the 1944 song are a bit worrisome, especially in today's cultural climate. The main argument is that the song is centered around a man pressuring a woman into spending a night at his house, and even though she declines a number of times, he doesn't respect her wishes.

There are some who even assume that a part of the lyrics hint at the fact hat he spiked her drink, which people argue seems to normalize "date rape."

This year, in light of the #MeToo movement, a radio station in Ohio initiated a boycott of the song, and it wasn't long before other stations across the United States and Canada followed suit.

Cleveland's Star 102 WDOK-FM took the song out of its rotation after listeners complained that it felt "manipulative and wrong."

"The world we live in is extra sensitive now, and people get easily offended, but in a world where #MeToo has finally given women the voice they deserve, the song has no place," host Glen Anderson explained in a blog post.

Over the last couple of days, some stations have stood their ground, but there are plenty who lifted the ban after reevaluating the situation and asking their listeners to weigh in on the matter.

More recently, a radio station in Kentucky made a bold statement by playing the Frank Loesser song on repeat for a two-hour marathon.

"I'm not sure why it's controversial," Joe Fredele, director of programming at WAKY station, told WLKY. "We've played this song for years, you know, this song is older than WAKY is. It's almost 70 years old."

From 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Sunday, listeners were treated to five different versions of the song. The station made the announcement the day before on their Facebook page, and garnered a lot of support.

"I love WAKY & how they take a most ridiculous 'movement' & make it fun!" wrote one fan, while another chimed in, "Thankful WAKY has some back bone to stand up to the whiners. I love this song."

The station also wrote on Facebook that they like the song so they are "not afraid to play it on WAKY for the next couple of hours!"

Fredele said he was happy to see the positive reaction from their listeners and has no regrets.

"It's just a fun way of saying, 'Hey, this is our vote for that song. It's a fun song. It's a romantic song, don't pick on it,'" Fredele said, before adding that he is actually a supporter of the #MeToo movement, but doesn't see why the song is considered problematic.

"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 added.

The song was in fact written by Loesser from him and his wife to sing at fancy parties in New York City. They would often perform it as their closing song to let guests know that the evening was coming to an end.

It wasn't meant to offend anyone, and it wasn't even meant as a holiday tune, but its winter-theme made it one of the most popular Christmas songs of all time.

What do you think of WAKY radio playing "Baby It's Cold Outside" on repeat?

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