Radio stations ban "Baby, It's Cold Outside" in the Me Too era

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News spoke with Susan Loesser, the daughter of Broadway legend Frank Loesser who wrote the song, and asked her about the controversy around what some have perceived as a sexual assault-like motif to the song.

The CBS piece mentioned San Francisco radio station KOIT is conducting a poll to see if the song, which it banned Monday, should remain off its playlist. "Ever since Cosby was accused of drugging women, I hear the date rape thing all the time" in reference to the song.

The song, written by composer Frank Lesser, was first performed by him and his wife Lynn garland at a family party, as humorous sketches, hinting that it was time to go.

"This song is not about an abuse of power, it is about flirtation and that is how flirtation was in those days", Susan said, adding that she doesn't want the song connected to the #MeToo movement.

Glenn Anderson, one of the hosts of the OH radio station WDOK, which first chose to ban the song, described the song as "very manipulative and wrong".

She even shared her love for the song on Instagram.

"If we all believe 'no means no, ' how can you play that song?" "I just think that it's a light, flirtatious song, and she clearly doesn't seem to be so upset... keep looking at the whole damn - whole darn song before you make your decision".

Local Cleveland radio station WDOK Christmas 102.1 pulled the song from its around-the-clock rotation of Christmas music last week after receiving a call from a listener who suggested it is inappropriate in 2018.

KOSI 101.1 in Colorado, marketed as "Denver's Holiday Station", originally pulled the song due to listener complaints but has since reversed its decision. Other lyrics like "say, what's in this drink?" have also raised eyebrows.

Loesser did say she understands why the song has taken on its current connotation in the post-Weinstein era, noting, "Absolutely I get it".

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