USA: Radio station stops playing 'Baby, It's Cold Outside'

Brenda Watkins
December 8, 2018

"Bill Cosby ruined it for everybody", Susan Loesser told NBC News.

The fight over the song heated up in Denver when KOSI, a radio station that plays exclusively holiday tunes this time of year, banned the song, only to quickly bring it back. It was written in 1944.

Gayle King got so fired up over criticism of "Baby, It's Cold Outside", she accidentally swore on the air on Thursday.

Cleveland radio station WDOK said a poll on its website showed a majority of listeners supported the ban when the decision to retire the song was made.

Rather than just relegating her comment to the recesses of my mind while driving, I consciously started listening to it more intensely - and came to the realization that the lyrics were, in fact, those of a date rape song. "The world we live in is extra sensitive now, and people get easily offended, but in a world where #MeToo has finally given women the voice they deserve, the song has no place".

King continued, "I think you can look at anything and read something into it these days, and I just don't think that was the case when they wrote that song and the intent of the song".

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While the headlines around "Baby, It's Cold Outside" have been more prominent in the last couple of years, the song was accused of being problematic for years before the allegations against Cosby resurfaced in 2014. "I think my father would be furious at that", she told NBC News.

'Back then it didn't mean you drugged me, ' she added.

'It was written in 1944.

CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King, who described herself as a "big supporter and proponent of the Me Too movement", said Thursday that she was anxious about a nation losing its sense of humor. It was a different time'.

Broadway composer Frank Loesser and his wife and musical partner Lynn are shown, April 26, 1956 in NY.

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