By pushing a timeless favourite off the Christmas playlists, those who deem the lyrics improper are applying their own narrow, sexist lens, the same lens that used to characterize society’s negative view of sexually active unmarried women.
Esther Williams and Ricardo Montalbán sing Baby, It's Cold Outside in the 1949 movie, Neptune's Daughter. A Cleveland radio station pulled Baby, It's Cold Outside, a song about a man who wants a woman to stay overnight, from its broadcast because it said it's no longer appropriate in the #MeToo movement. On Dec. 4, several Canadian broadcasters followed the move, including Bell Media, Rogers, and the CBC. Photograph courtesy MGM/YouTube
OTTAWA—Stop the song-shaming of Baby, It’s Cold Outside.
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Plus, the heritage minister says recommendations made by an expert broadcast review panel will be used to inform a forthcoming government bill, which he expects to table before the House rises this summer.
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