Published: Sat, December 08, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’ composer’s daughter: ‘It’s not ‘a date rape song’

‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’ composer’s daughter: ‘It’s not ‘a date rape song’

The news of radio stations banning the holiday classic song "Baby It's Cold Outside" has reached the writer's daughter, Susan Loesser, and she's blaming Bill Cosby.

A classic holiday song from the 1940's is hitting a sour note at some radio stations.

"Bill Cosby ruined it for everybody", Susan Loesser told NBC. Critics say the lyrics describe a date rape scenario and the song no longer deserves a spot on Christmas playlists.

What's going on: I reported earlier this week that "Baby, It's Cold Outside" was recently banned by a radio station in Cleveland, Ohio, after listeners complained the song didn't jibe well with the #MeToo movement. I would get annoyed because it's a song my father wrote for him and my mother to sing at parties.

Cosby was sentenced to up to 10 years in prison in September for drugging and attacking a woman, but more than 60 others accused him of historic crimes including rape, drug-facilitated sexual assault, sexual battery, child sexual abuse, and sexual misconduct.


WDOK Christmas 102.1 FM in Cleveland confirmed last week it pulled the song from its rotation after getting complaints from listeners who claimed the song conjured undertones of sexual harassment.

Some argue the lyrics have not aged well in the aftermath of #MeToo, like the woman telling the man "no, no, no" and asking "what's in this drink?" "People used to say "what's in this drink" as a joke". "I think my father would be furious at that", she told NBC News.

The song is about a woman inside a man's home, and she says it's time to go home, but the man tries convincing her to stay by saying it's cold outside. And although the woman wants to leave and gives all the possible prepositions, holder holds it, insisting that it's too cold outside.

Say what's in this drink? Now I understand that when the song was written, it was perceived differently.

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