As the holiday season is upon us, every radio station you tune into is playing your favourite (or maybe not so favourite) Christmas tunes. From Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer, to Winter Wonderland, you are most likely finding yourself humming along to every familiar Christmas tune, maybe except for one. This year, two of Canada’s biggest radio operators, Rogers Media and Bell Media have announced that Baby, It’s Cold Outside will not be aired on their radio stations due to inapropriate messages that are within the song.
For decades, this song has been one of the biggest Christmas hits and many known Canadian celebrities, such as Kelly Clarkson and Michael Buble have done different variations of the popular song.
However, this 1944 classic was written in a different time and many listeners have now stated that the message of this song is inappropriate and should not be romanticized. With a woman being pressured to stay overnight at a man’s house after she has attempted to leave multiple times, many current day listeners feel uncomfortable with the song being aired, especially in the recent light of the #MeToo movement.
Rogers Media runs a variety of Christmas stations, including 98.1 CHFI-FM in Toronto and has ensured that not a single one of their stations will air this Christmas song.
Although they have not given a reasoning behind the choice, Rogers Media Caitlin Decaire stated that “There are so many wonderful songs that celebrate the holiday season,” and that not airing Baby, It’s Cold Outside won’t put a gap in their playlists.
Bell Media spokesmen Scott Henderson also reached out, stating, “The song wasn’t scheduled for airplay on any Bell Media Radio stations and there are no plans to play it in the future.”
So if this holiday song was one of your favourites, you shouldn’t expect to hear in on the radio anytime soon.