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Bill Cosby Blamed For "Baby It's Cold Outside" Radio Ban

Bill Cosby Blamed For

Susan Loesser, the daughter of songwriter Frank Loesser, spoke to Inside Edition amid renewed outrage over the song.

But a poll on the station's Facebook page shows 94 per cent of respondents think the song should be played during the holiday season.

"Now, I do realize that when the song was written in 1944, it was a different time, but now while reading it, it seems very manipulative and wrong", he said.

Loesser said she was upset about the furore because "it's a song my father wrote for him and my mother to sing at parties".

A Madison radio station has pulled a now-controversial seasonal song from its airwaves, a station leader said.

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"I totally get what you're saying about the context", he acknowledged, "but that powerful reaction has to be dealt with". Baby It's Cold Outside is one of my favorite songs.

Introduced by Esther Williams and Ricardo Montalban in the 1949 movie Neptune's Daughter, the song "Baby It's Cold Outside" is a date rape song, Doug Wighton of Mississauga writes.

It's a debate that's reignited every year as the calendars flip to November and the temperatures grow frostier: Is "Baby, It's Cold Outside" good, or bad? "It's the decision of our listeners", WDOK midday host Desiray said, adding that the station's listeners help develop the holiday song lineup.

Star 102 Cleveland in Ohio, USA was the first to stop playing the Academy Award-winning song, with local media reporting "that listeners said the song was inappropriate and at odds with the #MeToo movement", BBC reported on 1 December 2018. Susan says connecting the song to the MeToo movement is off the mark. The chief lyric in question is the point in the duet where the woman, who the male singer is trying to convince to stay at his place for a night of romance, says, "Hey, what's in this drink?"