Although lyrics are open to interpretation, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” is a tough sell in the post #MeToo world. Buzz60’s Tony Spitz has the details.
Of course, the song has been a lightning rod for at least a decade, with Urban Dictionary dubbing it the “Christmas Date Rape Song” as early as 2006 and the hot takes resurfacing every year since
. Even a USC professor with family ties to the song has waded into the fray
and says the tune is misunderstood.
Written in 1944 by “Guys and Dolls” composer Frank Loesser, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” is a call-and-response duet between two characters noted in the song’s original notes as “Wolf” and “Mouse” (gross), according to the Washington Post
. They navigate a conversation wherein Mouse should really be leaving for home, but Wolf persuades her to stay.
The song is coy and sexy, delving into the delicious agony of what a person wants to do versus what a person should do. That is, until you realize that the language is uncomfortably similar to that used in acquaintance rape, where a soft no is always interpreted as a yes.