Growing discontent with controversial lyrics to Christmas classic

Growing discontent with controversial lyrics to Christmas classic "Baby It's Cold Outside" (MGN Online)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - It’s one of the most-recognizable Christmas songs for decades.

It's been covered by numerous recording artists since Frank Loesser wrote it in 1944 and it won an Oscar for Best Original Song after it was used in the film "Neptune's Daughter".

It's been more-recently featured in the movie "Elf" with Will Ferrell.

Now the Christmas classic "Baby It's Cold Outside" is under major scrutiny for its lyrics, with people saying that it promotes date rape.

The duet between a man and a woman is in the form of a back-and-forth conversation. The male tries to persuade the female to have another drink and remain with him overnight rather than leave and go home in inclement weather.

The idea that the song promotes rape or inappropriate behavior went mainstream around 2007.

Now ten years later, with sexual assault allegations against a public figures ever-growing and public perception changing as a result, articles are appearing all over the Internet offering opinions on the topic-- ranging from arguments that the song is disturbing and profane to a belief that it is simply romantic fun.

Mary Nahorniak of USA TODAY was one of the first to take the stand national in publication, calling for the song's retirement. Since then:

And if you look hard enough, you'll also find conflicting opinions on other Christmas classics like "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" and "Santa Baby".

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