Knoxville radio stations playing 'Baby It's Cold Outside' amid song's recent backlash

One of the top holiday headlines over the past few weeks has revolved around the lyrics of popular Christmas song “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.”

In light of the #MeToo movement, some listeners have expressed that the 1944 song written by Frank Loesser condones rape culture. Others have argued against that viewpoint, saying the lyrics should be viewed in the context of when the song was written. 

As the controversy grew, some radio stations around the United States, Cleveland’s WDOK, San Francisco’s KOIT and others, banned the song, according to USA TODAY. KOIT has since returned the song to its airwaves based on public feedback.

B97.5, WIVK comment on song

Knoxville radio station B97.5 is continuing to play the song and has received zero complaints about it, according to Shane Cox, brand manager for the station.

Cox said he can see both sides of the issue, but it’s important to keep in mind of the context of the song, which was written decades ago.

“This is something that has been picked on. It’s been noticed. Again I can see both sides. I can see how you can read the lyrics and think that in today’s society, it would be questionable. But given the fact that it was written decades ago, and its interpretation at the time, it was written with good intentions. It was written with a sense of humor, and we continue to think of it that way.”

WIVK Program Director Nikki Thomas said the station is playing the song and hasn’t received any negative feedback.

“If anything, we get requests from women to hear the song,” Thomas said in an email.

Cox said he’s received other song complaints in the past, and he handles them with a certain mindset.

“I will say what I often say in regards to other songs and when we’ve had other complaints,” Cox said. “If we got down to a point where we were criticizing a large number of songs because they could say this or they may say that, our library would dwindle to nothing if it was left up to each individual’s interpretation, so I have to keep that in mind as a programmer for the radio station.”

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