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flo's avatar

Which way worse songs should get banned before "Baby it's Cold Outside"?

Asked by flo (11237points) 1 week ago

I don’t mean ban in the legal sense, it’s about this story:
https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2018/12/01/us/ap-us-baby-its-cold-outside.html

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josie's avatar

“Me So Horny”
2 live crew

LadyMarissa's avatar

I don’t think that any song should be banned!!! I also don’t think that any book should be burned!!! I find “Santa Baby” to be more offensive than “Baby It’s Cold Outside”.I like “Baby It’s Cold Outside” & I should be able to listen to it any time I please!!! IF somebody else finds it offensive, use the OFF knob. I turn OFF “Santa Baby” EVERY time I hear it start. I’m NOT so arrogant to believe that IF your choices offend me, that YOU should STOP!!!

flo's avatar

@LadyMarissa I suppose you must have not read the OP.

LadyMarissa's avatar

@flo I suppose that you don’t agree with me. YES, I read it & it changed NOTHING that I believe or said!!! The song was NOT written to be offensive & it does NOT offend me & some radio personality should NOT be deciding what I cannot listen to!!!

kritiper's avatar

“Buffalo Girls” won’t you come out tonight?

janbb's avatar

I can’t cite a specific song but I would think most of the more sexist rap songs would be more “bannable” by me.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

Liquor and Whores. It is a real song.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

Also the Eminem song where he threatens his ex-girlfriend if she doesn’t take him back. Sorry I do not know the title. In real life she came back, instead of calling the cops and getting a restraining order. The songs name might be called Kim but, I am not sure.

DarknessWithin's avatar

I don’t really know this song but the title felt familiar and reflexively a tune manifested in my mind.
After a few minutes, it dawned on me that I believe this is the song that Will Ferrell and Zooey Deschanel duet in the film Elf while Zooey Deschanel’s character is showering in the department store’s bathroom due to a water bill issue.

I Googled a full set of lyrics and honestly see how it comes across as a date rape song.

The presumably female vocalist of the song expresses the desire to leave several times but the male insists she stay by telling her the weather is unfit for travel.

“I simply must go (Baby it’s cold outside)
The answer is no (But baby it’s cold outside)

There is also a portion that suggests that the female vocalist has been drugged.

“Say what’s in this drink? (No cabs to be had out there)
I wish I knew how (Your eyes are like starlight now)
To break this spell (I’ll take your hat, your hair looks swell) (Why thank you)”

“Ah, you’re very pushy you know?”
“I like to think of it as opportunistic”

She then talks about how her family is going to notice and be suspicious of her absence.

I don’t claim to know what the song is actually intended to be about, as I said, I’m unfamiliar with it. I’m just saying that I see the impression it gives that folks are complaining about.

ragingloli's avatar

Any modern pop and rap.

anniereborn's avatar

Grandma Got Ran Over By a Reindeer. I hate that stupid song.

KNOWITALL's avatar

Theres a country song about lets leave our friends and go hit the backroads, I want to see you dance in the moonlight. Something like that. Pretty irrresponsible to leave a bar with a stranger and romanticize it.

flo's avatar

@LadyMarissa My post is saying if that song should be banned by a station, aren’t there tons of songs that are by far worse? And what comes to mind? I never indicated that the “song is offensive or it was written to be offensive”. Whether I think it is offensive if it should be banned is not in my post.
By the way it wouldn’t be a radio personality that decids to radio never play it, wouldn’t it be the station based on the umber of calls?

flo's avatar

Thanks everyone else, you got my OP.

KNOWITALL's avatar

@flo From what I understand the radio station was getting lots of calls saying they should take it off air, so they did. Ratings are everything for media.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Please note that the song was dropped from the playlist of ONE radio station, in Cleveland. One. This is not a nationwide thing.
If they were getting several calls of protest from their listeners, they were wise to drop the song.

rojo's avatar

Anybody got objections to ZZ Tops Pearl Necklace ??

KNOWITALL's avatar

@rojo Nope. hahaha!

Genevieve Antoine Dariaux
“There is just one piece of jewelry that is equally becoming to everybody, lovely with almost every ensemble, appropriate for almost any occasion, and indispensable in every woman’s wardrobe…long live the pearl necklace, true or false, from our first date until our last breath!”

flo's avatar

@rojo I’m afraid of looking at it. I’ll take it shoud be on the list of bannable.

rojo's avatar

Eh, the video is harmless. Just shows the album cover, it is the suggestive lyrics and their meaning. ... might look up pearl necklace in the Urban Dictionary.

flo's avatar

I’ll take your word for it, @rojo,

Dutchess_III's avatar

What was that very recent song that had a very catchy tune, and the words “Hey hey hey” interspersed? It came out about the same time as “Happy.” A couple of years on, on Facebook, I made a comment that I liked it, and asked if anyone could help me find it.
People around me came unglued because they said it’s about rape. I guess I didn’t listen closely enough to the words to catch that. :/
I guess I nominate that song, whatever it is.

JLeslie's avatar

Here’s a link you all might enjoy that changes the wording of the song. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=CJB9GP5gyAw

LadyMarissa's avatar

That’s a good one @JLeslie!!! I NEVER thought about rape when I heard the original.

Dutchess_III's avatar

That’s a really good video. I’m going to share it. For all of history it’s been assumed that a woman is just playing hard to get, that she really WANTS to do whatever it is she’s protesting that she doesn’t want to do. It’s a male fantasy thing. There are guys out there who just can not fathom that a woman might really, actually have no interest in having sex with them. She must be joking. “You want me and you know it.”
It’s getting better, but it was the normal way of thinking when that song was made.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I don’t think about rape when I hear that song. I think that she IS playing that cat and mouse game because that was the game then. The problem is, sometimes the women actually meant *No.”

janbb's avatar

@Dutchess_III I agree. I think it is an old fashioned flirty/seduction song. The daughter of the writer of the song said her Mom and Dad used to sing it at parties and “hey – what’s in this drink?” was a standard crack about getting tipsy. I still find it cute although I can understand what it feels squirmy to people now.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Right. Exactly. There are a few old songs that I still like that actually make me feel squirmy today, but I still like them.

It’s always been such a man’s world. Women really weren’t even taken into consideration unless we could do something for them, and then we had to do it the way they wanted. Glad that’s changing.

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