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Songwriter’s Daughter Says ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’ Isn’t About Date Rape

Baby, it's bad out there.

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Turn on the radio this holiday season and you may not hear “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” The classic Christmas song, written by Frank Loesser, is being pulled from radio stations across the country after accusations that it’s about date rape. However, Susan Loesser, daughter of the song’s writer, is defending her father, saying the song was never intended in that way.

“Bill Cosby ruined it for everybody,” she said in an interview with NBC News on Thursday. “Way before #Me Too, I would hear from time to time people call it a date rape song. I would get annoyed because it’s a song my father wrote for him and my mother to sing at parties. But ever since Cosby was accused of drugging women, I hear the date rape thing all the time.”

The 74-year-old says she understands why people are taking issue with the lyrics but urges listeners to consider when it was written. “Absolutely I get it. But I think it would be good if people looked at the song in the context of the time. It was written in 1944,” she explained.

One of the lines in the song receiving the most backlash is “Say what’s in this drink,” which Loesser says her dad would not agree with. “I think my father would be furious at that,” she said of Broadway songwriter Loesser, who passed away in 1969. “People used to say ‘what’s in this drink’ as a joke. You know, this drink is going straight to my head so what’s in this drink? Back then it didn’t mean you drugged me.”

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Loesser isn’t the only one defending the song, either. Deana Martin, daughter of Dean Martin, who recorded a version of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” recently told Fox News she loves performing the Academy Award-winning song and will continue to do so.