'Baby, It's Cold Outside' Gets a #MeToo Update

  
Via:  john-russell  •  3 weeks ago  •  27 comments

'Baby, It's Cold Outside' Gets a #MeToo Update
In the reimagined version, Clarkson sings ''I've got to go away,'' to which Legend responds, ''I can call you a ride.'' ''What will my friends think,'' Clarkson sings. ''I think they should rejoice,'' Legend replies.

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'Baby, It's Cold Outside' Gets a #MeToo Update



John Legend and Kelly Clarkson replaced lyrics that some considered an allusion to date rape. Gone: ''Say, what's in this drink?'' New: ''It's your body, and your choice.''



For those who have deleted the holiday classic ''Baby, It's Cold Outside'' from their festive playlist in recent years, this one's for you.



For his new seasonal album, John Legend teamed with Kelly Clarkson for an updated version of the 75-year-old standard, removing some lyrics that have gotten harder for some to stomach in the #MeToo era.



The song, a duet in which the man tries to persuade the woman to stay at his place, using the weather as a pretext, was written by Frank Loesser in 1944 and has been sung by many pairs over the decades, including Ricardo Montalbán and Esther Williams; Idina Menzel and Michael Bublé; and Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett.



''I ought to say no, no, no, sir,'' the woman sings in the original lyrics. The man asks to move in closer. ''My sister will be suspicious,'' she sings. ''Gosh, your lips look delicious,'' he answers. ''Say, what's in this drink?'' she wonders aloud.



To many modern ears, those lyrics, which also have the woman telling the man she needs to leave about 10 times, have been interpreted as a lead-up to date rape, possibly aided by drug-spiked booze.



In the reimagined version, Clarkson sings ''I've got to go away,'' to which Legend responds, ''I can call you a ride.''



''What will my friends think,'' Clarkson sings.



''I think they should rejoice,'' Legend replies.



''If I have one more drink?'' she continues.



''It's your body, and your choice,'' he sings.



The new lyrics were written by Legend and the comedian Natasha Rothwell of the HBO series ''Insecure.'' The album, ''A Legendary Christmas: The Deluxe Edition,'' will be released on Nov. 8 by Columbia Records.



Last year, the debate over the tune reached a breaking point -- arguments erupted on social media, and Fox News and CNN held multiple panels -- while several radio stations pulled the song from the air.



To defenders of the original lyrics, the debate was a prime example of political correctness and revisionism gone amok. A San Francisco station that dropped the song reversed course after determining that most listeners wanted the song in rotation.



Last December, Susan Loesser, a daughter of Frank Loesser, told NBC News that her father would be ''furious'' that stations would pull the song. ''Way before #Me Too, I would hear from time to time people call it a date rape song,'' she said. ''I would get annoyed because it's a song my father wrote for him and my mother to sing at parties.''



''People used to say 'what's in this drink' as a joke,'' she went on. ''You know, this drink is going straight to my head so what's in this drink? Back then it didn't mean you drugged me.''



Legend and Rothwell are not the first to modernize the duet's gender roles, though Legend's and Clarkson's popularity could lend their recording more prominence. The singer-songwriter Lydia Liza wrote her own version of the song, which she performed in 2016 with Josiah Lemanski, who sings that she can leave whenever she likes. ''Baby, it's cold outside'' became ''Baby, I'm cool with that.''


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JohnRussell
1  seeder  JohnRussell    3 weeks ago

Leave the damn song alone. Sheesh. 

 
 
 
MUVA
1.1  MUVA  replied to  JohnRussell @1    3 weeks ago

I agree 1000 percent.

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
1.2  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  JohnRussell @1    3 weeks ago

The only one who should take liberties with song lyrics Weird Al.

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
1.2.1  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @1.2    3 weeks ago

*is Weird Al.

 
 
 
WallyW
1.2.2  WallyW  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @1.2    3 weeks ago

Or Spike Jones.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
2  seeder  JohnRussell    3 weeks ago

BABY IT'S COLD OUTSIDE - Dean Martin and Martina McBride

 
 
 
Split Personality
3  Split Personality    3 weeks ago

The original  from Neptune's Daughter 
Neptune's Daughter is a 1949 musical romantic comedy film released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer starring Esther Williams, Red Skelton, Ricardo Montalbán, Betty Garrett, Keenan Wynn, Xavier Cugat 

 
 
 
Split Personality
3.1  Split Personality  replied to  Split Personality @3    3 weeks ago

The original version has 2 scenarios, both cute, one guy cannot convince the girl to stay

and singing the same lyrics one guy can't get the girl to leave.  Too funny.

 
 
 
It Is ME
4  It Is ME    3 weeks ago

Dumber than Dirt Idea ! jrSmiley_84_smiley_image.gif

Leave the "Classics" ALONE ! jrSmiley_78_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Dean Moriarty
5  Dean Moriarty    3 weeks ago

I'm part of the #CountMeOut movement. I miss the old days when this guy wasn't seen as public enemy number one. 

320

 
 
 
cobaltblue
5.1  cobaltblue  replied to  Dean Moriarty @5    3 weeks ago
when this guy wasn't seen as public enemy number one. 

It would have been nice if she put her arm around him too. She looks thoroughly displeased. 

 
 
 
WallyW
5.1.1  WallyW  replied to  cobaltblue @5.1    3 weeks ago

She later said he was a good kisser and that she really enjoyed it..

 
 
 
cobaltblue
5.1.2  cobaltblue  replied to  WallyW @5.1.1    3 weeks ago
She later said he was a good kisser and that she really enjoyed it

Musta been your ex. 

 
 
 
Texan1211
5.1.3  Texan1211  replied to  WallyW @5.1.1    3 weeks ago

Seems people were a lot less uptight back then.

You know, before our perpetually offended by SOMEthing crowd took over.

 
 
 
Jack_TX
5.1.4  Jack_TX  replied to  cobaltblue @5.1    3 weeks ago
She looks thoroughly displeased. 

She looks concerned her dress is about to fly up.

 
 
 
Texan1211
5.1.5  Texan1211  replied to  Jack_TX @5.1.4    3 weeks ago

I am surprised that one of the most famous photos ever didn't inspire any lawsuits or investigations for assault.

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
6  Just Jim NC TttH    3 weeks ago

384

 
 
 
†hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh
7  †hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh    3 weeks ago

Well at least now people will know the song. Only those from the leather football helmet era remember it.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
7.1  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  †hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh @7    3 weeks ago
Well at least now people will know the song. Only those from the leather football helmet era remember it.

Dont you look foolish

 
 
 
†hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh
7.1.1  †hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh  replied to  JohnRussell @7.1    3 weeks ago

It's from 1949. Leather football helmets left us in the 50s.

Not to mention, I'm elated to make a leather football helmet reference. 

"Why does great grandpa listen to that song over and over and drool?"   --leather football helmets son!

 
 
 
JohnRussell
7.1.2  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  †hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh @7.1.1    3 weeks ago
It's from 1949.

God Bless America was written in 1918.

Danny Boy was written in 1913. 

White Christmas was written in 1942

So what? 

 
 
 
†hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh
7.1.3  †hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh  replied to  JohnRussell @7.1.2    3 weeks ago

White Christmas is racist. Christmas should be for all people.

God Bless America? there is a huge difference to some song they make you sing in school and at sporting events.

Danny boy? Isn't that the theme song from the Irish spring soap commercial?  ----It also makes me think of some ugly kid with red hair and freckles with a horrendous smile.

 
 
 
cobaltblue
7.1.4  cobaltblue  replied to  †hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh @7.1.1    3 weeks ago
"Why does great grandpa listen to that song over and over and drool?"   --leather football helmets son!

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cobaltblue
7.1.5  cobaltblue  replied to  †hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh @7.1.3    3 weeks ago
It also makes me think of some ugly kid with red hair and freckles with a horrendous smile.

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cobaltblue
7.2  cobaltblue  replied to  †hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh @7    3 weeks ago
Only those from the leather football helmet era remember it.

Or those that live under rocks. 

 
 
 
JohnRussell
8  seeder  JohnRussell    3 weeks ago

21st century recordings of Baby Its Cold Outside

2000 Tom Wopat   and   Antonia Bennett The Still of the Night [37]
2001 Suzy Bogguss   and   Delbert McClinton Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas [38]
2000 Holly Cole Baby, It's Cold Outside [39]
2002 Brian Setzer   and   Ann-Margret Boogie Woogie Christmas [40]
2002 Lee Ann Womack   and   Harry Connick Jr. The Season for Romance [41]
2003 Zooey Deschanel   and   Leon Redbone Elf [42]
2004 Jessica Simpson   and   Nick Lachey ReJoyce: The Christmas Album [43]
2004 Rod Stewart   and   Dolly Parton Stardust: The Great American Songbook, Volume III [44]
2004 James Taylor   and   Natalie Cole A Christmas Album [45]
2008 Anne Murray   and   Michael Bublé Anne Murray's Christmas Album [46]
2009 Lady Antebellum Country for Christmas [47]
2009 Willie Nelson   and   Norah Jones American Classic [48]
2009 Rick Dempsey   and   Deanna Bogart Home Run Holiday [49]
2010 Chris Colfer   and   Darren Criss Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album [50]
2011 Haley Reinhart   and   Casey Abrams [51]
2011 She & Him A Very She & Him Christmas [52]
2012 Colbie Caillat   and   Gavin DeGraw Christmas in the Sand [53]
2012 Rufus Wainwright   and   Sharon Van Etten Holidays Rule [54]
2012 Rita Coolidge A Rita Coolidge Christmas [55]
2012 Cee Lo Green   and   Christina Aguilera Cee Lo's Magic Moment [56]
2012 Lyle Lovett   and   Kat Edmonson Release Me [57]
2013 Kelly Clarkson   and   Ronnie Dunn Wrapped in Red [58]
2013 Jimmy Fallon   and   Cecily Strong Saturday Night Live [59] [60]
2013 Lady Gaga   and   Joseph Gordon-Levitt Lady Gaga and the Muppets Holiday Spectacular [61]
2013 Martina McBride   and   Dean Martin The Classic Christmas Album [62]
2014 Connie Britton   and   Will Chase Christmas with Nashville [63]
2014 Seth MacFarlane   and   Sara Bareilles Holiday for Swing [64]
2014 Idina Menzel   and   Michael Bublé Holiday Wishes [65]
2014 Darius Rucker   and   Sheryl Crow Home for the Holidays [66]
2014 Virginia to Vegas   and   Alyssa Reid [67]
2016 Garth Brooks   and   Trisha Yearwood Christmas Together [68]
2016 Jimmy Buffett   and   Nadirah Shakoor [a] 'Tis the SeaSon [70]
2016 Brett Eldredge   and   Meghan Trainor Glow [71]
2016 John Farnham   and   Olivia Newton-John Friends for Christmas [72]
2016 Amy Grant   and   Vince Gill Tennessee Christmas [73]
2017 Fantasia   and   CeeLo Green Christmas After Midnight [74]
2017 Kelley Jakle   and   Shelley Regner Pitch Perfect 3 [75]
2017 Avril Lavigne   and   Jonny Blu [76]
2018 Aaron Watson
 
 
 
Tacos!
9  Tacos!    3 weeks ago

Never liked the song. I have always found it cringy.

 
 
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