‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’ Gets A Society-Friendly Update
"Baby, It's Cold Outside" has been a holiday song staple since the first recording of it came out in 1949, but in recent years the song has been getting a lot of flack for the message it puts out. This is why two songwriters from Minneapolis decided to write a more mellow and friendly version for today's culture.
Lydia Liza and Josiah Lemanski took issue with the original lyrics of the song feeling they paint a negative picture for today's sexual generation. Lemanski recently said this about the original song to npr.org; "It's just very aggressive," he says. "He's not respecting her wishes to leave."
I get their point, and I'm a bit ashamed to admit that I never really thought of the song as portraying a negative sexual image. I've heard people say that for years, but just have never taken the song that literally, I guess.
I applaud these two songwriters for their effort, but I just don't know if this version will ever feel "right" with me. What do you think?
I do think it is awesome that they are donating proceeds from this song to charities who fight sexual violence, so for that reason I think we should all consider downloading it from iTunes or Amazon now.