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After Complaints, Cleveland Radio Station Pulls Christmas Song

NPR
Monday, December 3, 2018

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The duet "Baby, It's Cold Outside" has been around since 1944. Listeners say the song is inappropriate amid the MeToo movement. WDOK in Cleveland took it out of its holiday song rotation.

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. A radio station in Cleveland has had enough of a classic Christmas song. "Baby, It's Cold Outside" always seemed a little creepy. A woman sings, I really can't stay, and a man tries to keep her there. She asks, what's in this drink?

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "BABY, IT'S COLD OUTSIDE")

MARILYN MAXWELL: (Singing) Say, what's in this drink?

DEAN MARTIN: (Singing) No cabs to be had...

INSKEEP: The duet has been around since 1944. But WDOK-FM banned it, finding it goes too far for 2018. Much like the woman on the date, it simply must go. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

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