It bothers me. But not for the reasons you’re probably thinking.
Recently, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” has been in the news because people are suddenly offended by a 74 year old song. People want it banned from radios.
Y’all, I’ve been saying for years that the classic holiday song is highly inappropriate. FOR YEARS! And now everyone with a trendy hashtag is jumping on the bandwagon?
Seriously. Listen to the lyrics of this song. The woman literally asks, “What’s in this drink?” as the guy continues to try and convince her to stay, unable to take no for an answer. No means no, dude. This is the date rape anthem of the holiday season.
We used to have debates about this song at work whenever it inevitably came up this time of year. A friend of mine, Matt, would passionately defend his position pointing out just how inappropriate the song is. It’s wrong on so many levels.
Should it be banned from the radio, though?
I would say no. Because then it’s just a slippery slope, kids. First we’re banning “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” because the #metoo folks are pissed. But what’s next? “White Christmas”? Because it’s racist. “Here Comes Santa Claus”? Because it talks about an old man who is obviously stalking our children in their sleep.
Okay, I’m kinda joking about “White Christmas” and “Here Comes Santa Claus,” but it really does raise the question, where does it end? Following this path, we eventually reach the point where we’re just not allowed to play any Christmas music because it’s not inclusive of all ideologies or religions.
It’s really not all that different from banning books like The Wizard of Oz because of witchcraft. It’s a ridiculous notion. But in today’s world where, in spite of there being actual shades of gray all around us, we become so polarized over every single issue that we can’t help but see it as black and white.
It’s not enough for people to simply express their opinions anymore. One way is all right. The other way is all wrong.
Wow, this went from complaining about an inappropriate song to arguing for why it shouldn’t be banned to a short discussion about how we no longer understand how to find a compromise in today’s society.
Ugh… is it Christmas yet?