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Dean Martin’s daughter says she'll continue singing 'Baby, It's Cold Outside' amid controversy

Junie Sihlangu
Dec 10, 2018
10:56 A.M.

Ohio radio station WDOK Christmas 102.1 had to remove the 1940’s classic “Baby It’s Cold Outside” from their tracklist recently. A listener had called the radio station and suggested that the song’s lyrics were inappropriate.

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In the face of this controversy which has spread to other states, singer Deana Martin revealed that she would continue singing the song.

Speaking to Fox News, singer Deana Martin, 70, opened up about the classic song “Baby It’s Cold Outside” which is usually played around the festive season. Despite some people calling for the song to be pulled off radio stations Dean Martin’s daughter shared that she was not going to stop singing the song in front of audiences.

She stated:

“’Baby It’s Cold Outside’ is a cute, flirtatious and romantic song written by Frank Loesser in 1944. It won the Oscar for ‘Best Original Song’ in the 1949 film ‘Neptune’s Daughter.’ It’s been recorded by dozens of the world’s top recording artists for over 60 years, including my dad Dean Martin… “

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For more on this story go to our Twitter account @amomama_usa. Deana added:

“This song is included in his very successful 1959 ‘Winter Romance’ album and I’m very proud that it has become an evergreen favorite that is played every holiday season.”

She concluded by saying: “I personally love performing ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ and will continue to do so. Merry Christmas!” The singer’s father passed away at the age of 78 in 1995.

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At the time, he was diagnosed with acute respiratory failure. The controversial song was pulled from WDOK Christmas 102.1’s playlist because of its lyrics.

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WDOK host Desiray explained, “It wasn’t really our decision. It’s the decision of our listeners. She added, “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 situation.”

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The radio host she further explained that the “tune might be catchy, but let’s maybe not promote that sort of an idea.” The woman in the song sings: “I really can’t stay,” to which the man responds: “But baby, it’s cold outside.”

In another part of the song, she is heard singing lines like “Say what’s in this drink?”, “The answer is no” and “I’ve gotta get home.” The controversy had caused other radio stations across the US to have to decide what to do with the classic.

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Radio stations Northern California and Colorado have created polls for their listeners to decide the fate of the song. San Francisco-based station 96.5 KOIT shared that they had also decided to remove the song.

However, there was an outcry in favor of the track by listeners which prompted them to also create a poll.

Over the years, many people have called the song “date-rapey” because of its lyrics. The track features a back-and-forth interaction between a man and a woman, where the man tries to convince the woman to stay the night despite her continued protests.

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