I work in Retailville, and have noticed something odd lately. The store in which I work has been playing the “holiday mix” – which means a mixture of both holiday songs, and contemporary hits. And I’ve noticed that one song in particular has been…missing from the holiday song list (not that I’ve missed it or anything).
So what song hasn’t made the cut? Interestingly enough, it’s a song that I’ve complained about….repeatedly – for being about date rape. What? Get OUT! How could a holiday ditty be about..date rape? Well, it’s about other things too – it’s about a woman paying a visit to a fella’s house while it’s snowing/cold outside, and they banter back and forth about how she needs to get home, and he insists and insists that she stay (at times rather forcefully).
Consider these lines:
I ought to say no, no, no sir (Mind if move in closer?)
At least I’m gonna say that I tried (What’s the sense of hurtin’ my pride?)
But THIS next line is the most alarming of all…
Say what’s in this drink?
It appears the song Baby, It’s Cold Outside has been…eighty-sixed. My prevailing theory is that it’s become as popular as Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and every other prominent personality/celebrity who fell like a stack of dominoes after the big “Me Too” movement in 2017. I have not heard ANY version of this song in the holiday music rotation at work at all. If it’s not OK to have a big-name movie producer sexually harass countless actresses, then it MUST not be OK for department stores to play songs about a man trying to slip a drugged drink to a woman trying to leave his house and put the moves on her…am I right?
I really don’t want this to turn into some kind of feminist rant. I just find the song very, very offensive. And I’m certainly not the most “politically correct” person you’ll ever meet! I just don’t like the idea of women being sexually victimized in general. And yes, in case you wondered… “me too.” I have been sexually harassed during my life. That certainly doesn’t make me unique. And it doesn’t make me hate men, either!
If you’re feeling nostalgic and want to listen to Baby It’s Cold Outside, I’m sure Pandora, YouTube, Spotify or your Alexa device can make it happen. Just do me a favor and make sure I’m not around when you’re playing it (pretty please)?
As for me? I’ll say good riddance to that holiday song! If nothing else, it’s at least ONE less holiday song to annoy me in my work day! I will take that as an early Christmas present (thank you Santa)!