Christmas is Over, But the Battle over Christmas Music isn’t.

Christmas is Over, But the Battle over Christmas Music isn't.

The TallTale Writer, Editor

Its official that Christmas has long passed, but there’s one thing that has seemed to seep into the next year already, the conversation on whether “Baby it’s cold outside” should be allowed on the radio again. Since 2016, the song has been under fire for being considered “date-rapey” and “creepy”. However many people are firing back and complaining about how the song is a classic, or how its being taken out of context. Ever since the #Metoo era, it seems that many people have complained about the world becoming hypersensitive and that many people get too easily offended.

Since then, many areas of media started to listen more to the consumers and try to tune to their preferences. However, it sometimes seems to go a little too far.  Brian Figula, a program director of KOIT Radio station, saw the complaints and determined that the song would have no place at his San Francisco station. He banned it on Monday. However not long after, the host claimed that hundreds of emails came demanding that the song should be put back in rotation, which was much higher than the demand for the song to be taken off.  According to Figula, “People are unbelievably passionate about their Christmas music, it’s the one thing that you can’t mess with,” he said, adding that listeners rely on it “to reminisce to the good old days when life was easy and simple.”

The song itself was written by Frank Loesser in 1944, and was featured in the 1949 film Neptune’s Daughter, winning the Oscar for best original song. However, many sources say that the song was originally written by him to be a goofy joke between him and his wife to sing at parties. Afterwords, people started liking the song, which helped pave the way to Hollywood.

After some time, the radio station gave a hint that they were considering to put the song back on air by conducting a poll on listeners to see what they think about the decision. Over 15,000 people overwhelmingly responded to the poll saying that they want the song back. Eventually the radio station gave in, making a claim that “While we are sensitive to those who may be upset by some of the lyrics, the majority of our listeners have expressed their interpretation of the song to be non-offensive,”. Afterwords, many other stations started to slowly put the song back as well.

While the year 2018 seemed to leave hundreds of topics both big and small shrouded in politics and political correctness, hopefully 2019 would be full of making new and positive legacies instead of critiquing and regretting past ones.