A radio station has come under fire after they decided lyrics to a much-loved Christmas carol were seriously inappropriate.
The Ohio radio station deemed the popular Christmas Carol “Baby it’s cold outside” inappropriate and decided not to play it this Christmas.
Listeners were shocked to discover the station had axed the popular carol, with Star 102 Cleveland’s website explaining why the radio station won’t play the song, shares news.com.au.
“I do realise that when the song was written in 1944, it was a different time, but now while reading it, it seems very manipulative and wrong,” presenter Glenn Anderson said in an statement.
“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,” he said.
The lyrics read like a conversation between a man and a woman with the woman saying she must leave, while the man insists she stays.
Some of the woman’s lines include “Say, what’s in this drink?”, and “I ought to say no, no, no”, while the man’s lines are persistent.
Comedian and writer Jen Kirkman explained how the song may not be about a man persuading a woman to stay and have sex with him, but rather how a woman’s reputation will suffer if she wants to stay, and does.
“If you want to be outraged, be outraged about what the song is actually about – the double standard in regards to sex that women face and how nothing much has changed,” she tweeted.
A Facebook poll showed 94 per cent of people think the song is “a classic”, with 6 per cent deeming the song as “inappropriate”.
More than 9,000 people have voted since the station launched the poll on their Facebook page on 29 November.
One comment read – “Then I guess you should stop playing Santa baby, I saw mommy kissing Santa, Grandma got run over, because people think those are offensive too, this PC stuff is getting ridiculous, play whatever if people don’t like it they will turn the knob. You will never please everyone 100%.”
Another read, ” I’m actually part of the me too movement, and a survivor. I can only speak for my own experience, but personally I adore this song and have never been offended by it or freaked out by it. I do not believe it’s about rape – it’s a playful banter from a time when a woman would have been concerned people would think badly of her for staying, even if she wanted to.”
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