Skip to comments.Yes, the ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’ Victory Matters
Posted on 12/22/2018 11:16:33 AM PST by Kaslin
Conservatives are used to losing culture war fights.
Remember when ABC finally served up a show that treated Trump Nation with some respect? Months later Roseanne was gone, a victim of one God awful Tweet.
Or how the right-leaning Last Man Standing nearly snared an early retirement after it didnt get big enough ratings for ABC.
That didnt happen with Baby, Its Cold Outside. The 1944 yuletide classic came under assault, again, but this year felt different. The #MeToo wave, a worthwhile movement hijacked by the Left, targeted the film for cultural extinction. And Social Justice Warriors have more muscle than ever before.
Just ask Kevin Hart.
It looked grim for this yuletide favorite. And weve seen this story play out over again.
Beloved 80s movies? Now deemed problematic.
Modern comedies? They must walk the woke line or face the PC Police.
A funny thing happened with Baby, Its Cold Outside, though. A handful of stations yanked the film, fearing the usual SJW outrage. It should have ended there, even if those offended by the song were tiny in number. The Vegas odds surely leaned in that direction.
Instead, radio audiences fought back.
The stations in question quickly backpedaled, putting the song back into regular rotation. A Denver station said the response in favor of the song hit 95 percent of respondents.
Need more? One station went so far as to play the number nonstop for two hours. It was a deliberate thumb in the eye to the monster that is PC Groupthink.
Right-thinking souls won. What made it official? GQ, a consistently leftish site, waved the white towel.
The magazines op-ed, titled, The "Baby, It's Cold Outside" Discourse Is Boring as Hell, tells the story. You barely have to squint to read between the lines.
Oh my god, I am so bored of the Baby, Its Cold Outside discourse. Play it or dont. Its not a grand political position!
The article provides the necessary context behind the song, admitting its not remotely rapey. Then, in the next gulp of air, suggests it still could trigger a listener.
Im all for erring on the side of making sure more people feel supported and included than not, and if the song is triggering and traumatizing then by all means, lets not play it...
But what you think about Baby, Its Cold Outside represents just thatnot that youre more woke or more reasonable than those who disagree with you, not that youve aligned yourself with larger political strands. Just that you heard the song and, for all the reasons we are either drawn to or repulsed by art, landed somewhere.
Game. Set. Match.
The irony here is that magazines like GQ could be making similar arguments in any number of other PC Police cases. Just look at the uproar over the racist Clint Eastwood movie The Mule.
Guarantee you wont find GQ rushing to the screen legends defense.
The racist scenes in that movie are nothing of the sort, or simply reflect an old timer using language made popular decades ago.
Few, if any, liberals will rally around this screen icon, though. Eastwood made that impossible several years ago when he accurately mocked President Barack Obama as an empty chair.
Once again, movie fans are fighting back against PC film critics. The Mule earned $17.5 million during its opening weekend, a handsome sum for a movie featuring an 88-year-old star. Thats even more impressive when you consider the film opened in 2,588 screens. Most wide-release films earn well north of 3,000.
Dr. Seuss The Grinch, for example, played in 3,680-plus screens last weekend its sixth weekend of release.
Podcaster Adam Carolla offered a smart battle cry against the PC movement recently on his podcast. You retreat, they encroach, he said of these humor-free scolds.
Carolla is right. And, for once, fans of Baby, Its Cold Outside refused to retreat. And well be hearing the song over and again for years to come. Lets hope we learn the right lessons from this small but important cultural win.
The author refers to “Baby It’s Cold Outside” at various times as a film, then as a song.
It was a song IN a film at one point, but the writer can’t seem to make up his mind.
Which again brings us to a familiar refrain:
Where the heck have editors disappeared to?
I bet he does not have a paid editor.
Baby, It's Cold Outside--Sammy Kaye & His Orchestra (1949)A different version that was also a hit:
Baby, It's Cold Outside--Homer & Jethro (1949)
Carolla has been a very outspoken vocal critic of everything 'PC' on his podcast. He also predicted this uproar from the left about this very song a little while back. He nailed it here and correctly points out that if you stand your ground and refuse to apologize, they will simply move on to an easier target. Yes, it is easier to take this stance when you don't have to rely on a corporate paycheck from a network, but Carolla has figured out these clowns and nails them to the wall at every opportunity. I highly recommend his podcast at podcastone.com
I did a search for “lyrics” on that song, and I don’t find a single reference to “Christmas”. I’m 73, and that song has been around all those years - I’ve heard it countless times - but it has never been associated directly with Christmas.
For years, I worked at small radio stations where we played Christmas music incessantly from the day after Thanksgiving to the day after Christmas (mixed in with our normal format) and we had Christmas music from every artist and orchestra I can think of, but I never remember seeing that title on a Christmas record, or album.
This was all a hype by some femanazi to gain attention, and try and spike Christmas.
The ratings were fine. The issue was that ABC / Disney execs were embarrassed that they allowed a voice that wasn't hard core leftist to make in on the air. They'd rather have a lefty failure than a "just-a-little-to-the-right-of-Bill-Clinton" success.
Citizen, the climate is changing outside the designated safe space.
It has actually been in several movies - including one version where the girl is seducing a reluctant Red Skelton, who’s trying to leave!
“Where the heck have editors disappeared to?”
Shouldn’t that be: To where the heck have editors disappeared?
English major? :)
I've never heard that ending before!
What's a magazine?
As far as I know, KLUV in Dallas has still banned it. Their pussy programming director was crowing about having been ahead of the curve and pulling it last year. This is a Dallas oldies channel (was 50s/60s music in the 80s; now, they are starting to play 90s music(!)) where the on-air talent routinely disparages President Trump. Rival station Star 102.1 plays the heck out of BICO, which has caused me to sub it in my presets, but I dont think Ill love their regular music.
2-Favorite to watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bbuBubZ1yE
3-Favorite spoof: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpDLpz88V-I
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I double-dog dare them to play this:
No--Dodie Stevens (1960)
(Baby, baby, won't you give me a kiss?)
I said, no!
(Just a little kiss you never will miss.)
Just plain no!
(Why do you torture me like this?)
Don't you understand, in English, no!
Oh, don't you know
That a girl means "yes" when she says, "no"...
Don't let go when I say, "no."
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