Usually, the holidays are about spreading cheer and happiness with others, but instead, Canadians have been at war with each other over a simple holiday song for the past week. Though with only two more weeks until the big day, it looks like some Canadians are getting an early Christmas miracle delivered by none other than CBC.
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Earlier in the week, CBC made headlines after deciding to remove "Baby, It's Cold Outside" from two different holiday streams "in recognition of the differing opinions pertaining to the lyrics," according to the company in an open letter.
It was a move that started to trend as early as late November when Cleveland's Star 102 (WDOK-FM) removed Michael Bublé's version of the classic holiday song claiming it was "no longer appropriate." Shortly after, several broadcasters followed such as Rogers, Bell Media and of course, CBC.
Since then, Canadians have been fighting over whether the choice was censorship and a result of a sensitive society or if it was a fair move considering today's social and political climate. Regardless of either side's reasoning, the debates were getting heated, to say the least.
So much so that this morning, CBC Music released a public letter on behalf of their team claiming that they are lifting the ban on the song after receiving "overwhelming" feedback on their initial decision.
Even though the song is back, CBC's head of public affairs, Chuck Thompson, noted that they still appreciate that "not everyone interprets lyrics the same way, listeners may wish to skip the song as we understand not everyone will agree with this decision."
While this issue seems to be over and done with, it isn't the end for controversial battles over older holiday traditions such as the animated version of Rudolph the Rednose Reindeer. The iconic cartoon continues to be up for debate after the Huffington Post claimed it was extremely "problematic."