Kentucky show remains defiant over controversial 1940s classic Christmas song
A Kentucky radio station is remaining defiant by playing “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” on repeat amid a liberal backlash against the classic Christmas song.
The 1940s favorite recently made headlines over a campaign to have the song banned due to claims it endorses “date rape.”
An Ohio radio station was first to cave when it removed the holiday hit from its lineup in November after a listener complained about the lyrics, reigniting an old debate across the country.
Other radio stations jumped on the bandwagon and pulled the song after WDOK Christmas 102.1 took it off the air, but WAKY in Elizabethtown didn’t even briefly consider pulling it.
According to Fox News, the station decided to embrace the 1944 song, written by Frank Loesser, and some of the other versions that followed.
“I’m not sure why it’s controversial,” Joe Fredele, director of programming for WAKY, told WLKY.
“We’ve played this song for years, you know, this song is older than WAKY is. It’s almost 70 years old.”
Kentuckians were able to listen to “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” on WAKY from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sunday. The station played five different versions of the tune, WLKY reports.
The station also promoted the marathon on its Facebook page over the weekend.
“BABY, IT’S COLD OUTSIDE! We like it and we’re not afraid to play it on WAKY for the next couple of hours!” WAKY posted Sunday morning.
Dozens of people commented on the post — many thanking the station for taking a stand.
“Whoever said there’s something wrong with this song, seriously has nothing better to do with their time!” one listener wrote.
“Way to go! Thank you for standing up for the rest of us!” another added.
“Thank you for playing this song! I listen every morning on my way to work, especially LOVE the national anthem you play after the 6am news! Proud retired Army Vet,” one man echoed.
Fredele said he was proud to play the song, and thankful for the positive responses.
“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 added.
He confirmed he’s also a supporter of the #MeToo movement but he doesn’t think this song should be 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 said.
But WDOK Christmas 102.1 host Desiray told Fox 8 there have been many valid points raised about the song.
“People might say, ‘Oh, enough with that #MeToo,’ but if you really put that aside and listen to the lyrics … the tune might be catchy, but let’s maybe not promote that sort of an idea,” Desiray added.
In the tune, a female sings: “I really can’t stay,” to which a man responds: “But baby, it’s cold outside.”
In another part of a song, a woman is heard singing lines like “Say what’s in this drink?,” “The answer is no” and “I’ve gotta get home.”