Dad Redoes Lyrics to ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’ to Make It Less Controversial
Just last week, we gave you the deets on a Christmas-themed controversy that concerns the holiday song classic, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” As it turns out, some folks are beginning to take a closer look at the 1944 holiday favorite. And, for good reason–the lyrics seem to promote a lack of consent, which, quite frankly, doesn’t look so hot in the era of #MeToo.
Now, before you cry “PC police,” take a look at this snippet from the song…
The neighbors might think (Baby it’s bad out there)
Say what’s in this drink? (No cabs to be had out there)
I wish I knew how (Your eyes are like starlight now)
To break this spell (I’ll take your hat, your hair looks swell) (Why thank you)
I ought to say no, no, no sir (Mind if move in closer?)
At least I’m gonna say that I tried (What’s the sense of hurtin’ my pride?)
I really can’t stay (Baby don’t hold out)
Baby it’s cold outside
Yep, the tone of the tune is pretty creepy once you see the lyrics on paper. Definitely not something we want to be teaching our kids!
Luckily for holiday music lovers, though, one clever YouTube family has found a way to update the tune so that it’s less controversial. The brilliant social media stars are members of the Holderness Family, a group that creates original music, parodies, and vlogs. When they heard about the “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” blowback, they got right to work crafting new lyrics that preach consent and responsibility.
Talk about turning a negative into a positive! To see the Holderness Family’s version, appropriately titled, “Baby, Just GO Outside,” be sure to watch the video below!
We’d love to hear your thoughts on this “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” update. Are you a fan of the new tune? Do you think the original is inappropriate? Can you name any other problematic Christmas tunes?