“Baby, It’s Cold Outside” Raked Through the Coals

Jessica Maisonneuve, Reporter

Throughout the last months of 2018, there was a flurry of holidays, such as Christmas, Kwanzaa, Thanksgiving, and others that bring joy to our lives. Although there is a large amount of happiness in the air when these holidays arrive, there are also events that sour it a bit. One of these events was the controversy of the long-time hit song, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” by Dean Martin. There are many sides to this controversy, rendering it worthy of review. It is not just a simple love song; it needs to be taken more seriously.

The #MeToo movement, which started in 2006, has grown over the years and has become much more powerful as of late because of significant figures who manipulate people in less influential roles. It has even brought into focus obscure songs such as “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” which has outraged  those who find it to be much darker than it first seemed to be. In the song, there are two specific lyrics that have concerned the public: “Say what’s in this drink? (No cab’s to be had out there).” The first verse, which starts with the drink, might be interpreted by the public as spiking a drink. This has reminded people of the case of Bill Cosby, the once famous actor who raped women by putting drugs in their drinks. Next is “I ought to say “No, no, no, sir” (Mind if I move in closer?),” which may refer to cases of a victim who refuses a person’s advances (a man in this case), who does not take it seriously. Such instances frequently happen, and the public is quite aware of the such cases of sexual assault in recent years. These verses should be taken seriously, since it gives the impression to today’s youth that it is okay to sexually assault people.  This controversy has developed to the point that radio stations like 99.5 WYCD have stopped playing it to the public in support of the #MeToo movement. Songs should demonstrate good intentions and meaningful lyrics, not mask someone’s dark designs. These close-up observations of songs should still continue, so that children who listen to catchy lyrics learn to be good-natured.

In general, this contentious song, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” is society’s realization that songs must be looked at more closely. When people listen to songs, they generally do not find the meaning of the track immediately. Instead, they are more captivated by the beat in the music. The song “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” may be a long-time classic, but it is now a classic in featuring the stages of a sexual assault bound to happen.