Screenshot from 1949 musical film ‘Neptune’s Daughter’, featuring 1944 song ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside.’

Banned song a classic, say most Cowichan Valley Citizen readers

Opinions were strong after we posted to our Facebook page the story about a Cleveland radio station pulling ‘Baby it’s Cold Outside’ from its play list citing the MeToo movement.

SEE RELATED: Radio station pulls ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’, citing MeToo movement

Some didn’t know whether to laugh or be upset, but the feeling in general was it’s just a song from a different time and things are much different today than back then.

“Not sure if I’m angry or sad or laughing at this!” admitted Marilyn Olsen on the Citizen’s Facebook page. “Classic song from different times! Oversensitive and also ridiculous! Personally I really like this song,” she added.

“Now it’s getting ridiculous,” wrote Christine Carlson.

“Too many snowflakes these days,” said Mozzie Conway. “Everything seems to offend someone anymore. Don’t like it don’t watch it or listen to it. It’s really that simple.”

“I too like the song,” wrote Danielle Vaugeois. “I also see the forced consent aspect of it and as it’s so predominant in our society, I understand their feelings.”

“I think everyone is missing this entirely,” added Chris Istace. “…the song perpetuates a culture of men oppressing women…”

A user going by Cat Niss made a different point altogether. “My frustration is that many radio stations play music from artists who actually DO promote rape culture or promote violence towards women — like many rappers, and the song ‘Blurred Lines’, or music about drug use etc… but a song from the 40s is taboo,” she wrote. “What’s next? Being offended by something is a CHOICE, and the world needs to start realizing that.”

Anita Favara summed up the general feeling of the comments when she wrote: “I’m all for the accountability and punishment for rapists but [this is] going too far. Lighten up, me too, it’s a song and a classic at that!”

Several Canadian companies have followed suit and pulled the song from their rotations including: CBC, Rogers Media and Bell Media.

What’s your opinion?



sarah.simpson@cowichanvalleycitizen.com

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