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.”
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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.”