We A Kentucky radio station played “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” for two straight hours on Sunday morning despite the controversy surrounding the song. From 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., listeners in the Elizabethtown area could tune into WAKY 103.5FM to hear five different versions of the classic Christmas tune.
“I’m not sure why it’s controversial,” defended Joe Fredele, the director of programming for WAKY. “We’ve played this song for years, you know, this song is older than WAKY is. It’s almost 70 years old.”
The holiday tune, which was originally released in 1944, has come under attack lately in light of the #MeToo movement. And in response to critics who claim that the lyrics of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” promote date rape and normalize sexual assault, many radio stations across the country are pulling it from their lineup.
But Fredele disagrees, saying, “This song is not about that. All it is, is a dialogue between a man and a woman, and at the end of the song, you hear them harmonize together, so they’re agreeing basically.” He also added, “It’s a fun song. It’s a romantic song, don’t pick on it.”
To show their support for the song, the station decided to continue playing it—and playing it. They promoted the weekend two-hour marathon with a Facebook post which read “We like it and we’re not afraid to play it on WAKY for the next couple of hours!”
BABY, IT'S COLD OUTSIDE! We like it and we're not afraid to play it on WAKY for the next couple of hours!
While the station’s decision was met with mixed reviews, many comments on its post praised WAKY for taking a stand. One listener wrote, “I don’t like the song, but more importantly I can’t stand others deciding what I should or shouldn’t listen to. So crank away!”