A Cleveland radio station has stopped playing “Baby It's Cold Outside" this holiday season after it says listeners voiced concern about the song’s "predatory undertones" amid the #MeToo movement.

WDOK Christmas 102.1 pulled the song from its around-the-clock rotation of Christmas music this week after receiving a call from a listener who suggested it is inappropriate in 2018. 

The call-and-response song written in the 1940s includes a woman singing that she has to leave a man’s house as he tries to lure her to stay.

In the song, the female sings “I really can’t stay,” to which the man responds, “but baby, it’s cold outside.”

Other lyrics include the woman singing “say, what’s in this drink?” and “I simply must go… the answer is no.”

“It wasn't really our decision. It's the decision of our listeners,” WDOK midday host Desiray told WJW, noting that the Christmas lineup is decided by the station’s listeners.

The station said it posted a poll about the song on its website and a clear majority of respondents supported the decision to remove the song from the station’s lineup.

Poll results were not visible on the station's website. However, a poll on the station's Facebook page showed that among more than 600 votes by Thursday night, 94 percent of respondents favored playing the song while just 6 percent felt it was inappropriate. 

“People might say, ‘oh, enough with that #MeToo,’ but if you really put that aside and listen to the lyrics, it's not something I would want my daughter to be in that kind of a situation,” Desiray said. “The tune might be catchy, but let's maybe not promote that sort of an idea.”

Cleveland Rape Crisis Center President and CEO Sondra Miller said the organization supports the decision.

“I think it's taking a 2018 lens on a song that was written a very long time ago,” she said, adding that the move reflects evolving values.

Societal norms were different when the song was written. An unmarried woman staying at a man’s house was scandalous, even if she wanted to.

In the song, the woman expresses concern about what others may think of her spending the night, as the man tries to convince her to stay.

While some might view the song and its lyrics as a playful, coy back-and-forth from another time, Miller said it may have a different meaning to a rape survivor.

“It really pushed the line of consent,” Miller said. “The character in the song is saying ‘no,’ and they're saying well, ‘does no really mean yes?’ and I think in 2018 what we know is consent is ‘yes’ and if you get a ‘no,’ it means ‘no’ and you should stop right there.”

Miller said the song is an example of the rape culture in which we live, and the first step to preventing sexual violence is to change that.

Here are the full lyrics:

I really can't stay (but baby, it's cold outside)
I've got to go away (but baby, it's cold outside)
This evening has been (been hoping that you'd drop in)
So very nice (i'll hold your hands, they're just like ice)
My mother will start to worry (beautiful what's your hurry?)
My father will be pacing the floor (listen to the fireplace roar)
So really I'd better scurry (beautiful please don't hurry)
But maybe just a half a drink more (put some records on while I pour)
The neighbors might think (baby, it's bad out there)
Say what's in this drink? (no cabs to be had out there)
I wish I knew how (your eyes are like starlight now)
To break this spell (i'll take your hat, your hair looks swell)
I ought to say, no, no, no sir (mind if I move in closer?)
At least I'm gonna say that I tried (what's the sense in hurtin' my pride?)
I really can't stay (oh baby don't hold out)
But baby, it's cold outside
I simply must go (but baby, it's cold outside)
The answer is no (but baby, it's cold outside)
Your welcome has been(how lucky that you dropped in)
So nice and warm (look out the window at this dawn)
My sister will be suspicious (gosh your lips look delicious)
My brother will be there at the door (waves upon the tropical shore)
My maiden aunts mind is vicious (gosh your lips are delicious)
But maybe just a cigarette more (never such a blizzard before)
I've gotta get home(but baby, you'd freeze out there)
Say lend me a coat(it's up to your knees out there)
You've really been grand (i thrill when you touch my hand)
But don't you see? (how can you do this thing to me?)
There's bound to be talk tomorrow (think of my lifelong sorrow)
At least there will be plenty implied (if you got pnuemonia and died)
I really can't stay (get over that old out)
Baby, it's cold
Baby, it's cold outside


Hal Turner Commentary

A listener.  One listener, complained.  And because that listener is apparently a sissy-mary with too much time on their hands, or a friggin psycho who thinks of things in ways that NORMAL people do not, the entire City no longer gets to hear a Christmas son?   That's nuts! 

Someone ought to tell the sissiy-mary listener to go listen to some other radio station; that's what I would say . . . . in fact, I HAVE said it when snowflakes call-in to complain about my show.

And what about the station management?  Where's their backbone?  I mean, who in their right mind would stop playing a Christmas song that's been around since the 1940's because a SINGLE person thinks like a weirdo?  

And while I'm at it, what's wrong with a male pursuing a female for sex?  It's the natural order of things; has been throughout humanity's existence. 

Someone ought to tell the listener that the entire reason for his/her existence is because a male pursued a female.  

I've got to tell you, folks, our society is sick and getting sicker.  The reason it's getting sicker is because we accommodate the sickos. 

It's time to stop accommodating the sickos.  It's time to push the sickos back in the closet, or back under whatever rock they've crawled out from under.

I say, find out who this listener is and publicly make fun of him/her.  Criticize him/her to the point they are a laughing stock around the whole city.

Only when these hyper-sensitive whack-jobs are publicly rebuked will society begin to cure what ills it.

As for Sondra Miller claiming we live in a "rape culture," someone ought to show her what rape actually is so she doesn't apply her bogus standard to the rest of society ever again.

For my part, I will be playing this song at the top of the hour break during my show this Wednesday night -- just to stick my finger in the eye of the mentally-ill, politically-correct, lame-asses in Cleveland.  In fact, here it is in the video below:




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    TSAZ · 02:44 12/02/2018
    charming, innocent, natural. No wonder the communist snowflake progressives find fault. I find it simply excellent and normal!
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    TSAZ · 02:35 12/02/2018
    Great tune. THIS IS A F***ING BOOK BURNNG equivalency!!!!!!! So communist, for starters...
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    John Baker · 19:38 12/01/2018
    We don't need no stinkin men,

    we have strap-ons!

    Harvest a man, then, NEXT!
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    Spot On · 19:25 12/01/2018
    @Likely.No Complaint,Spot On!
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    Dan Bowser · 18:23 12/01/2018
    I'm just shocked , in this day and age that they would play such a disgusting song.

    I like listening to the great rap songs , the ones that talk about

    killing cops or the ones that call women whore 's and biche' 's

    I also like the pop stars that dress with there breast and ass's

    hanging out , as a man that does not give any sexual or predatory thoughts ,Right!

    there all hypocrites

    You can not reason with a hypocrite

    They lie , to you , me and them selfs
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    John Baker · 17:44 12/01/2018
    Christmas Bells are Sexist and Racist !

    MY Ding-A-Ling

    YOUR Ding-A-Ling

    EVERYONES a Ding-A-Ling
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    Sherlock · 17:42 12/01/2018
    So no "rap" ..... No songs by the Skanks?
    Those JUDAS GOATS like Madonna, "lady" Gaga, Katy Perry, Milley Cyrus, who teach your children that promiscuity and intoxication are harmless and safe ....... they should be stripped of ALL their wealth to pay for rehabilitation of those they MISled . These so-called female "entertainers" who GROOM young girls with their music ,into sordid lives, and walk away counting their money, are nothing but highly paid PIMP'S enablers.
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      John Baker · 20:16 12/03/2018
      Milley Cyrus? That's the one that kept popping up on DailyMail with her butt in your face, on her knees, looking back and smiling. I nicknamed her Smiling Rectumus.
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    Chilly8 · 17:00 12/01/2018
    When I used to do online radio 10 years ago, that was one of the more popular songs when I went all Christmas in November and December.

    Since the tagline for the all-Christmas format in November and December was "Christmas Oldies you don't hear on the radio anymore", my listenership during that time of the year teneded to be a little older and more conservative than the rest of the year.
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    Jesus is my Saviour · 16:14 12/01/2018
    As a Christian, I have always found this song somewhat offensive. We are supposed to be married before we have sex with anyone. Matthew 19:5 says, "And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?" It is also in Genesis.
    That said, I say she was just as irresponsible as he in the song...and what does this song have to do with Christmas, anyway? Do they always play it just because it takes place in the winter?
    I gave up Christmas for good two years ago because of it's pagan origins. I gave up Christmas in general about 20 years ago because I could no longer take the greediness of the stores out for the mighty buck (and it's just gotten worse since this Black Friday crap) and how they have October 31st decorations next to Christmas decorations and waaaaay in the back somewhere you see a little pilgrim or cornucopia or turkey for Thanksgiving. That seems to be the new American way of which I want no part of. My salvation lies between the covers of the Bible.
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      Interesting post · 23:56 12/01/2018
      That's admirable that you prioritize your Christian faith with Jesus Christ over even religious traditions.

      For me, Christmas is important...I celebrate it to commemorate God's Gift of His Son, Jesus Christ, to mankind. No, I don't do the consumer aspect of it...couldn't even afford to, anyway. However, you can be sure Christmas is every day for me and my family, but it gets sooooooooo joyful when others everywhere join in the joy of Emmanuel--Jesus' incarnation--during the Christmas season.

      Besides, it reinforces the 'good news' of Jesus to a world that easily forgets Him. I guess it's all how one celebrates it. But I do understand your position and glad that you opted for what works for you. Hey, my family stopped attending church services because of all of the corruption, so we all have to break with religious norms to preserve our relationship with Jesus Christ.
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        Jesus is my Saviour · 09:45 12/02/2018
        I stopped going to church in...1990? 1991? Somewhere around there. My husband and kids stopped going in 2004. I stopped going because church started being all about, and I'm not kidding, the pastor talking about the football game yesterday or a motorcycle a parishioner bought last week or what was for lunch after the service or making dumb jokes, etc. etc. The Bible was hardly ever opened and people only came to socialize--even in the sanctuary. I just couldn't do it any more and I tried almost every church in town and even out of town---they were all alike. The only thing I regret is that my children, who are now adults, weren't baptized even though they are Christians. <sigh> Now it's too late...
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    Streisand offensive? · 15:00 12/01/2018
    Let's start reviewing leftist icons such as Barbra Streisand to see if we, too, can look through slanted lenses and arrive at such ludicrous conclusions as the liberals do. Any offensive Barbra Streisand lyrics come to mind for anyone?
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    Paul Lambert · 14:51 12/01/2018
    "Cleveland Rape Crisis Center President and CEO Sondra Miller said the organization supports the decision."

    This tells me that the centre and Miss Miller are totally unserious about rape and cannot appreciate how dreadful it is when it truly occurs.

    I would urge any rape victims NOT to seek help from the Cleveland Rape Crisis Centre. The centre is not intellectually capable of offering women any worthwhile support.
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    Paul Lambert · 14:39 12/01/2018
    This is recycled activism. Last Christmas, a young duo re-wrote this song into a more politically correct version, but it was done as a lark and in an interview they both said that they liked the real version perfectly fine.

    Sure enough, there is nothing so ridiculous that at least some people won't take it seriously. The Left just keeps stirring up crap in the community, but this time it not even fresh in terms of issues.

    So, what song have the Leftist whiners composed to take its place? Nothing, of course. The Left only destroys, never creates.
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    R.C. · 13:53 12/01/2018
    ....anyone want to throw a dart @ "santa baby" and gold-digger types??

    These two legged excrement types need to follow the trail back to their porcelain god and the "no memory" hole downward.
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    RBI · 13:38 12/01/2018
    Here is an absolutely brilliant explanation by a most unusual source: A genius by the name of Ted Kaczynski. Yes, THAT guy. If you are not old enough to remember, he is quite famous for being the Unabomber. You don't have to agree with his philosophy, but he does provide a deeply insightful look into the mind of leftists, snowflakes, and their rabid and often fanatical mindset. And he wrote it in 1995! Well worth your time to read through this essay. "Profound" is an understatement.

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    Onno · 13:21 12/01/2018
    The reason it's getting sicker is because we accommodate the sickos.
    --------------------A full blown psychopathocracy always becomes a sort of nursery for deviants (Dr. Lobaczewski):

    Ponerogenic groups are those with a statistically high number of pathological individuals, to the point that the group as a whole exercises egotistical and pathological behavior. Deviants function as leaders and ideological spellbinders, and while normal people may act as members, they have typically (by deep impacting psychopathical manipulation from the craddle to the grave.....with misused state means and possibilities) accumulated various psychological deficiencies. *Those not susceptible to such influence are excluded from the group* (evt. to extinction).
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    Robair Victor · 13:07 12/01/2018
    ~well to add more grist to the mill, -here's the original Movie rendition of this wonderful 1949-era duet (-note the last half has Recardo's voice dubbed over RedSkelton's amusing reversal of gender-roles)...
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7MFJ7ie_yGU ] ;

    -then on TV in 1957 here's actor- Fred MacMurray also caught-up in an entertaining gender-reversal threesome between DinahShore & AnnMiller...
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFK4cMD1heA ].

    >Also see the viewer's interesting commentaries about the lyrics on YouTube.
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    Madeleine Mead · 12:34 12/01/2018
    Rape culture? Really these sissies should hookup with Muslim men and see what happens to them.
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    Jimmy Macedon Ny · 12:23 12/01/2018
    There isnt anything wrong with this song

    id tell these liberals to go fuck them selves and go put there heads in the toilet bowl.
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    Guy Aul · 12:05 12/01/2018
    Yes, more wimps caving into "stupid", while at the same time these same morons have gone along with such things as this gender crap because , I guess, they have a "hard" time figuring out what kind of organ they were born with, or supporting communism, or eat Tide Pods, or suck condoms down their noses, or have crying fits, etc. We could go on and on what characterizes these mindless scum of the earth misfits, couldn't we? These kinds are dangerous to us...meaning those of us that have a functional brain that actually can think and use common sense. These days, common sense is uncommon, isn't it?

    As for the UN that Carl mentioned below, remember that the UN stands for Unified Nut-jobs.
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    Khazarian Minions · 11:49 12/01/2018
    WDOK = Working for Damn Old Khazarians

    Who else is desperately trying to eliminate Christmas and all things Christian?

    Be sure to celebrate Christmas in a BIG way...say "Merry Christmas" everywhere you go. Love how it throws all of the "Happy Holiday" types off balance. Say "Merry Christmas" and watch for their facial confusion. One of the best things about Christmastime in now-politically-correct Western Civilization.
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    RBI · 11:44 12/01/2018
    Here is an absolutely brilliant explanation by a most unusual source: A genius by the name of Ted Kaczynski. Yes, THAT guy. If you are not old enough to remember, he is quite famous for being the Unabomber. You don't have to agree with his philosophy, but he does provide a deeply insightful look into the mind of leftists, snowflakes, and their rabid and often fanatical mindset. And he wrote it in 1995! Well worth your time to read through this essay. "Profound" is an understatement.

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    selah · 11:43 12/01/2018
    these are the same low lives that listen to rap music and watch sickening pedophile and porno videos. just a pure disgrace to our Lord. Thy Kingdom Come!
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    Teknikid · 11:17 12/01/2018
    Imagine the reaction of the song were a movie, and that movie was "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers."
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    Carl Goldsworthy · 11:08 12/01/2018
    The United Nations Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration seeks to make immigration a universal human right.
    Criticising migration will become CRIMINAL offence under new plan.

    It was approved in July by all 193 member UN nations except the United States, which backed out last year, and is due to be ratified formally in December. (10,11th)
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      Paul Lambert · 14:45 12/01/2018
      I am told that a few other countries refused, largely Eastern European countries. Do you know anything about that?
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        Carl Goldsworthy · 15:26 12/01/2018

        People forget that Germany had the lowest birth rate in the world - and THAT is why Merkel invited in a million immigrants.

        The slave traders, old and modern, are the great supporters of the "free movement" of workers.
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          Paul Lambert · 15:34 12/01/2018
          Well, OK. I was hoping that you would know more about other countries refusing the compact, but alright.

          You give Mrs. Merckel too much credit and ascribe to her a level of foresight she does not possess. She invited a million Arab marauders into the country simply because she did not want to be called racist. It was a cosmic level of virtue signalling. Period.
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            Carl Goldsworthy · 16:45 12/01/2018
            From the link...
            Austria, Australia, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Israel, Poland, Slovakia and Switzerland have already stated they will not sign the agreement.
            Germany passes Japan to have world's lowest birth rate - study
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              Carl Goldsworthy · 16:47 12/01/2018

              Having children in Germany can be a profitable business. And Angela Merkel has plans to use money to further revive the Teuton libido, as it awakens from a long period of hibernation.

              In 2017, parents of a single child get paid €192 a month to spend on their pride and joy. And that money flows in from the first month of the child's life right up until they turn 25 years of age.

              And that's just the start of it. The parents get another €192 for their second child, €198 for the third, and €223 for every kid they bring into the world after that.
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    Friggin' Cold Radio · 11:07 12/01/2018
    Baby, it's not cold OUTSIDE, it's damn frigid and full of party-poopers indoors at the Cleveland radio station!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Likely, No Complaint · 11:05 12/01/2018
    Does anyone even believe there was an actual caller who complained about this Christmas song? I don't. I would speculate that this station is beta testing the public's response (indifference versus outcry) to see if they can go further in purging everything Christmas-related from their airplay.

    Remember, these controllers always displace blame for their actions--anti-faith, anti-family, anti-Christmas, anti-tradition, anti-patriotism--on some nebulous entity such as "a caller." What they forget is that listeners can also boycott the Scrooges out there. Hope that people do turn the dial to another station, and that this radical anti-Christmas radio station in Cleveland enjoys it's 1 listener--again, if even there exists any original complainer.
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    Sherlock · 10:57 12/01/2018
    I am offended by #METOO, antifa, and liberalism of any sort.
    Therefore they must ALL be purged...........

    FRANKLY, my dear ...... I DON'T GIVE A DAMN.
    It is your "role models" that are teaching young women to be sex objects.
    You want to be treated respectfully .... dress MODESTLY and BEHAVE modestly.
    You dress like sluts, swear like sailors, drink like Marines, and support pornography....
    you behave like longshoremen and want to be treated like fresh flowers.....
    Ever hear of "SHADES of GRAY"?
    Ever hear of "Girls Gone Wild"?
    Ever hear of "SLUT walks"?
    ... I had the wife of one of my good friends while at a concert, tell all of us (3 couples) that women are WAY nastier than men regarding talking dirty.... and that was just for starters...
    Ever see the Vestal Virgins of Hollywood hanging all their assets out on the RED carpet?
    Ever see all these "virgins" championing deviant sex .... nearly naked on "Dancing W/stars"?
    WHO teaches children that women are just sex objects? Cher, Madonna, all the "entertainers" prancing around nearly naked
    singing lewd songs and acting salaciously.
    Those JUDAS GOATS like Madonna, "lady" Gaga, Katy Perry, Milley Cyrus, who teach your children that promiscuity and intoxication are harmless and safe ....... they should be stripped of ALL their wealth to pay for rehabilitation of those they MISled . These so-called female "entertainers" who GROOM young girls with their music ,into sordid lives, and walk away counting their money, are nothing but highly paid PIMP'S enablers. Look at "Cher" always hanging her goods out now trying to act all outraged and virginical.
    Hollywood had children in movies playing prostitutes and having sex. I.E. Blue Lagoon, Pretty Baby et al. They have used children as sex objects and for their pleasure for years.
    “Hollywood was quick to come to president Clinton's aid. Among the 62 donors giving the maximum $10,000 were performers and directors such as Tom Hanks, Barbra Streisand, Michael Douglas, Ron Howard, Norman Lear, Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw-Spielberg as well as studio executives Jeffrey Katzenberg, David Geffen,Harvey Weinstein and Bud Yorkin.”
    Want "respect"?! Don't wear your GENITALS on your head like a bachelor party lampshade.
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