KOSI 101.1 stops playing ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside,’ citing listeners’ feedback

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Spokeswoman Caitlin Decarie says the broadcaster also removed the song this year, but declined outline how it reached the decision.

KOSI made a decision to pull the song from its catalog after receiving some calls of concern but then received a lot of feedback from those who consider the song a classic and not offensive in relation to other modern songs.

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But some people apparently got confused, and that has "led to misdirected complaints" to "Kansas City's Christmas Station", which has no plans to yank "Baby, It's Cold Outside" from its all-holiday song rotation, set to run through December 25.

It's since been covered countless times by singers Ray Charles and Betty Carter, Idina Menzel & Michael Buble, as well as Dolly Parton and Rod Stewart.

Glenn Anderson, a presenter at the Star 102 radio station, said in a blog that although the song was written in a different era, the lyrics felt "manipulative and wrong".

In the song, a man is trying to convince a woman to stay with him instead of returning home, citing poor weather.

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The line "say, what's in this drink", has drawn particular criticism from some who believe it hints that the woman's drink has been spiked.

"The world we live in is extra sensitive now, and people get easily offended, but in a world where #MeToo has finally given women the voice they deserve, the song has no place".

"The song wasn't scheduled for airplay on any Bell Media Radio stations and there are no plans to play it in the future", he wrote in an emailed statement.

Sondra Miller, CEO of the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, analyses the line, "I really can't stay".

"'Say what's in this drink" is an old movie line from the 30s that means "I'm telling the truth'".

"Then I guess you should stop playing Santa baby, I saw mommy kissing Santa, Grandma got run over, because people think those are offensive too, this PC stuff is getting ridiculous, play whatever if people don't like it they will turn the knob".

The song was written by Frank Loesser, who also wrote the Broadway musical Guys and Dolls.