Dennis Quaid Explains Innocence of ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’ Classic Amid Stirring Controversy With MeToo

The song “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” is in full debate mode as some suggest the Christmas classic is inappropriate. Some radio stations have even pulled the song completely.

Actor Dennis Quaid suggested that the song isn’t as problematic as people make it seem — even in the midst of the #MeToo era, a movement against sexual harassment and sexual assault.

The “Parent Trap” actor told Fox News that the debate is “going a little far.”

“It’s kind of innocent, really,” Quaid said. “It was written in the ’40s and there’s nothing predatory about it. It’s sort of just the relationship between men and women, you know? That’s all.”

Listen to the song below:

The song was originally created by Frank Loesser in 1944 “as a playful call-and-response duet for him and his wife to perform at their housewarming party while their guests were preparing to bid them goodnight,” according to the Rolling Stone.

When it was recorded in 1948 for the “Neptune’s Daughter” musical, the male part was labeled “the Wolf” and the female part of the score was labeled “the Mouse.” After the two went on a date, the woman makes excuses to leave, but the man urges her not to go.

“I really can’t stay,” the woman says, with the man responding: “But baby, it’s cold outside.”

The woman grabs the drink, “Say what’s in this drink?” in which she says she “ought to say no” and that she must go.

Quaid, though, told Fox News he doesn’t think the argument that the song is problematic is fair.

“It’s sort of a dance and courtship – that’s what that song, to me, is about – at Christmas season.”

“It just breaks my heart,” singer Deana Martin, whose father Dean Martin sang the classic song, told Fox News.

“I was absolutely flabbergasted,” Martin said. “It’s just insane. When I heard it, I said, ‘This can’t possibly be.’ You know, it’s a sweet, flirty, fun holiday song that’s been around for 40 years for my dad. He did it in ’59. But when I saw it, I tweeted, ‘I think this is crazy. What do you think?’ And then all of a sudden, it went viral.”

Responses

  1. You know the wheels came off the PC and MeToo autos when a Dennis Quaid is the voice of sanity. Too bad the sensitive and easily offended can’t just wipe off the whiteboard of history and restart all cultural phenomena to their standards of humorlessness, robotic romances, and contracted intimacies. Then install laws to preclude anybody being offended. I was totally offended with Led Zeppelin’s The Lemon Song.

  2. Totally get why people can interpret this the wrong way, especially the “what’s in this drink” line, but I really do think it’s supposed to be a playful teasing tune. It’s interesting how this debate blew up this year, I’ve been hearing about problems about this song since I was a young teenager. And for those who don’t like the lyrics but like the tune, there’s a lot of cute and creative covers of the song that change the lyrics a bit.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yP5d-f0uMU

    1. The song was written by a husband and wife team as a flirty ditty that could be sung at parties. This was 1944 and the controversy at the time would have been whether an unmarried woman should stay overnight at a man’s place. She does.

      The line about the drink referred to a joke of that era about the probability of no alcohol being in the drink. We are looking at it from our perspective, not theirs.

      How about Ringo Starr’s “She’s 16 and she’s mine? Or Kiss’ “Christine 16”?

  3. For anyone ever stuck in an unwanted sexual situation they were trying to get away from, i can see how the video or song could be reminiscent and uncomfortable.

    That being said, you can’t apply your past experience to every similar experience. Its a song and the lady doesn’t seem stressed about her situation at all.

    Just listen to some other Christmas song and chill out.

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