Leftists Want To Ban Popular Christmas Song Because It “Promotes Date Rape”

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The din gets a little louder every year – delicate lefties who want to ban a classic Christmas song, claiming it “promotes date rape.”

The song “Baby It’s Cold Outside”  – written in 1944 – is essentially a back-and-forth between the male and female singers with the guy trying to keep the woman from leaving. It’s lighthearted and fun and is no more “rapey” than it is merely seductive. But to leftists, being seductive is “date rape” now.

The “movement,” if you could call it that, started a few years ago when leftist declared the song should be banned. “This song sounds like the intro to a Lifetime movie about a horrific incident of date rape. And we are tortured, yearly, with its creepiness,” they write.

So rather than simply leave well enough alone, a songwriting duo have rewritten Frank Loesser’s classic to “emphasize the importance of consent.”

The duo, singer-songwriters Lydia Liza and Josiah Lemanski, told CNN that they felt that the original song was “aggressive and inappropriate,” arguing that the listener never finds out what happens to the woman in the song.

“You never figure out if she gets to go home. You never figure out if there was something in her drink. It just leaves you with a bad taste in your mouth,” said Liza.

The couple’s revised lyrics are adorably consensual, opening with “I really can’t stay” sung by Liza and “Baby, I’m fine with that” sung by Lemanski.

Most notably, when Liza sings, “I ought to say no, no, no,” Lemanksi responds with “You reserve the right to say no.”

Barf.

You can listen to the new version here. I’m not going to dignify it by embedding the audio. It’s too depressing.

Instead, here’s a classic from Neptune’s Daughter, featuring Red Skelton and Esther Williams switching roles a few times. Notice how both sides expect “the dance.”

Here are the original lyrics. You decide if it “promotes date rape.”

I really can’t stay (but baby, it’s cold outside)

I’ve got to go away (but baby, it’s cold outside)

This evening has been (been hoping that you’d drop in)

So very nice (I’ll hold your hands, they’re just like ice)

My mother will start to worry (beautiful what’s your hurry?)

My father will be pacing the floor (listen to the fireplace roar)

So really I’d better scurry (beautiful please don’t hurry)

But maybe just a half a drink more (put some records on while I pour)

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)

I ought to say, no, no, no sir (mind if I move in closer?)

At least I’m gonna say that I tried (what’s the sense in hurtin’ my pride?)

I really can’t stay (oh baby don’t hold out)

But baby, it’s cold outside

I simply must go (but baby, it’s cold outside)

The answer is no (but baby, it’s cold outside)

Your welcome has been (how lucky that you dropped in)

So nice and warm (look out the window at this dawn)

My sister will be suspicious (gosh your lips look delicious)

My brother will be there at the door (waves upon the tropical shore)

My maiden aunts mind is vicious (gosh your lips are delicious)

But maybe just a cigarette more (never such a blizzard before)

I’ve gotta get home(but baby, you’d freeze out there)

Say lend me a coat(it’s up to your knees out there)

You’ve really been grand (I thrill when you touch my hand)

But don’t you see? (how can you do this thing to me?)

There’s bound to be talk tomorrow (think of my lifelong sorrow)

At least there will be plenty implied (if you got pnuemonia and died)

I really can’t stay (get over that old out)

Baby, it’s cold

Baby, it’s cold outside

Source: thefederalistpapers.org

H/T: HotAir

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