You’ve probably heard about it a lot in the news lately… radio stations all over North America are dropping the song “Baby, it’s cold outside” from their Christmas playlists because the #metoo movement has pointed out that the song, which was written in 1944, has lyrics that are inappropriate. Some people took issue with lyrics where the male is trying to persuade the female to stay a little longer. We don’t play the song on our station, so I haven’t heard the song in years, and had a listen to it just so I knew what the big deal was. Yes, if you really wanted to, you could find something wrong with the song, kind of in the same way that if you squint just the right way while looking at a cloud, you may see the shape of something. It’s there if you want to see it.
Have you listened to rap music lately? But I digress…
Now, thanks to the internet, I was able to find a list of other Christmas songs that maybe should also get yanked off the air –
1. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus: subjecting minors to softcore porn
2. The Christmas Song: Open fire? Pollution. Folks dressed up like Eskimos? Cultural appropriation
3. Holly Jolly Christmas: Kiss her once for me? Unwanted advances
4. White Christmas? Racist
5. Santa Claus is Coming to Town: Sees you when you’re sleeping? Knows when you’re awake? Peeping Tom stalker
6. Most Wonderful Time of the Year: Everyone telling you be of good cheer? Forced to hide depression
7. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: Bullying
8. It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas: Forced gender-specific gifts: dolls for Janice and Jen and boots and pistols (GUNS!) for Barney and Ben
9. Santa Baby: Gold digger, blackmail
10. Frosty the Snowman: Sexist; why is there not a snow woman
11. Do You Hear What I Hear: blatant disregard for the hearing impaired
12. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas: Make the yuletide GAY? Wow, just wow
13. Jingle Bell Rock: Giddy up jingle horse, pick up your feet: animal abuse
14. Mistletoe and Holly: Overeating, folks stealing a kiss or two? How did this song ever see the light of day?
15. Winter Wonderland: Parson Brown demanding they get married…forced partnership
16. I’ll Be Home For Christmas: Not if you are homeless. That’s just Insensitive
17. Grandma got ran over by a reindeer: Homicide. Extremely violent and promotes alcoholism.