Have a neutral, nonpartisan, and inoffensive holiday season
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In our era of hyper political correctness and über-sensitivity, we’ve recently been informed that certain North American radio stations opted to no longer air the 1940s crooning duo classic, ‘Baby it’s cold outside’ as some of the lyrics were deemed offensive. For those of you blissfully unaware, the lines where a woman sings, “I really can’t stay,” are met with the male response of, “But baby, it’s cold outside.” The playful back-and-forth continues as she asks, “What’s in this drink?” said to be interpreted as a reference to today’s date-rape drug.
Okay, no biggie. There are plenty of other Christmas songs we can sing. Just not ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’ as it’s said to promote bullying because of all the other reindeer being jerks to poor Rudolph.
‘It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas’ contains the verse,
‘A pair of hop-a-long boots and a pistol that shoots Is the wish of Barney and Ben; Dolls that'll talk and will go for a walk Is the hope of Janice and Jen.’
Okay now, we can’t have that. That’s pure gender stereotyping not to mention gun violence. What else have you got?
‘Jingle Bells.’ There we go!
“Dashing through the snow in a one-horse open sleigh” …wait a minute – are there seatbelts in that thing?
‘God rest ye merry gentlemen’ mentions Satan. And someone who was born to a pure virgin. In fact that whole virgin birth thing pops up in many of the Christmas carols and I don’t really want to go into the logistics of that conversation over my glass of eggnog. ‘O come all ye faithful’ takes it a bit further by bringing the virgin’s womb into it. Nope, cross that one off the list.
‘We wish you a Merry Christmas’ has the singers demanding some figgy pudding with the thinly veiled threat, “We won’t go until we get some.” Too aggressive. Next.
‘Winter wonderland’ has carolers conspiring.
‘Frosty the Snowman’ was a smoker.
‘Holly Jolly Christmas’ promotes alcohol consumption with its cup of cheer.
“Don we now our gay apparel…” Nope.
“I saw mommy kissing…” No! Totally inappropriate!
If we really go looking for things that will offend us, we’ll find them. Heck, most of us grew up in an era of blatant sexism, racism, and violence, and that was just from Saturday morning cartoons. We survived and we didn’t sustain any long-term damage. A good way to make progress is to acknowledge and recognize what it is we’re evolving from rather than to censor it.
Through the magic of internet virality (yes, that’s an actual word now) the moral outrage over ‘Baby it’s cold outside’ has subsided and many radio stations have reinstated the perhaps dated but mostly charming classic. Chalk one up for common sense.