Certain controversial Christmas songs have been having a reckoning this year. “Baby It’s Cold Outside” got yanked from radio stations across the country—except for one that decided to play it on repeat in direct response to the controversy. When Miley Cyrus went on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to sing “Santa Baby,” she noticed that the lyrics were a little old-fashioned… in a bad way. The song was written in 1953.
“I think I might need to change a few of these lyrics,” Cyrus told Fallon right before they walked onto the stage. “Am I saying I’m gonna hook up with Santa if he buys me all this stuff?”
Fallon started to get panicky and told Cyrus she could change whatever she needed to make her more comfortable. So she did, updating the song to make it a feminist Christmas anthem instead.
She began by telling St. Nick that she didn’t want furs, diamonds or cars from him. In fact, Santa should probably skip Cyrus’s house this year when it comes to material objects. “I don’t want your presents tonight.” She sang.
This lyric change threw off Fallon, who was in the process of dancing toward Cyrus with diamonds. He and his sidekick Mark Ronson tried to regroup as Cyrus tore down the song.
“Santa baby, I’ve got a baller car of my own, no loan,” Cyrus sang. “I bought it all by myself, Santa baby, with zero help from Elf on the Shelf.”
Cyrus did tell Santa what she did want for Christmas this year, though. “A girl’s best friend is equal pay,” She sang and received cheers from the audience. Diamonds aren’t a girl’s best friend anymore. She told Kris Kringle that she wanted to stop getting constantly interrupted when she talked and to know that she won’t get sexually harassed at work.
Though she’s done a ton of one-off Christmas songs as singles, Miley Cyrus should just put out a Christmas Album already.