Bill Cosby Blamed For "Baby It's Cold Outside" Radio Ban

Angelo Anderson
December 8, 2018

Susan Loesser, the daughter of songwriter Frank Loesser, spoke to Inside Edition amid renewed outrage over the song.

A Madison radio station has pulled a now-controversial seasonal song from its airwaves, a station leader said.

'Bill Cosby is ruining it for everybody, ' Susan Loesser complained Thursday on NBC News.

In the age of the #MeToo movement, it appears the lyrics written more than 70 years ago don't sit well in today's world.

'Baby, It's Cold Outside, ' has been covered by Michael Bublé, Idina Menzel, James Taylor, Tom Jones and Cerys Matthews, but this year Star 102 Cleveland radio banned all versions of song from its Christmas playlist.


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. "But ever since Cosby was accused of drugging women, I hear the date rape thing all the time". Though some say it eerily relates to Bill Cosby drugging women's drinks, Susan Loesser said the time frame of the song's text is more geared for those in the 1940's and 50's. The chief lyric in question is the point in the duet where the woman, who the male singer is trying to convince to stay at his place for a night of romance, says, "Hey, what's in this drink?"

'You know, this drink is going straight to my head, so what's in this drink?

"I think it would be good if people looked at the song in the context of the time", she said. And although the woman wants to leave and gives all the possible prepositions, holder holds it, insisting that it's too cold outside.

"Say, what's in this drink?" asks the woman, played by Tina Fey. Now I understand that when the song was written, it was perceived differently.

Now, Dean Martin's daughter, Deana Martin has responded to the controversy.

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