Sometimes the crowd is full of stupid. But sometimes the crowd is full of wisdom. A Bay Area radio station's decision to lift the ban on the popular Christmas song "Baby, It's Cold Outside" due to an audience poll is an example of the latter.
According to CBS News, San Francisco's KOIT radio station will be returning the allegedly controversial "Baby, It's Cold Outside" to the airwaves this season after audiences overwhelmingly expressed disapproval of the ban.
The ban occurred last week when KOIT Program Director Brian Figula announced the station would be shelving the song while asking listeners for feedback. In the end, "Baby, It's Cold Outside" won the day.
"After hearing from thousands of Bay Area listeners via polling, phone calls, emails and social media, KOIT has concluded that the vast majority consider the song to be a valuable part of their holiday tradition, and they still want to hear it on the radio," Figula said in a statement on Monday.
The vote on whether to ban the song was not even close, according to Figula, with a full 77% of listeners opposing it entirely.
"KOIT's listeners have spoken, and the overwhelming message is they do want to hear 'Baby, It's Cold Outside' on our station, as they have throughout the years," he said. "More than seven out of every ten listeners who responded said although some lyrics of the song may reflect a different era and a different sensibility than today, still they love the tradition and history of the song, and want to hear it as part of their holiday season."
In recent weeks, the classic Christmas tune has been portrayed as some kind of a "date rape anthem" by feminists who are unable to see the nuance in the song's flirtatious nature. It all began earlier this month when a Cleveland radio station banned "Baby, It's Cold Outside" entirely after some listeners complained it promoted date rape, even though the song's creator, Frank Loesser, intended it as a flirtatious song between a man and a woman on a cold winter's night. The song's critics typically overlook the part where the woman sings "Baby, it's cold outside" in unison with her male partner, signifying that the two were always in sync. Frank Loesser's daughter recently asserted this was the case.
Figula said the station received an outpouring of angry emails and social media posts following the ban, many of which accused the station of enforcing political correctness. While KOIT has made the right decision, that doesn't mean other stations have. As of now, "Baby, It's Cold Outside" remains on the blacklist in both Cleveland and Denver. Other stations in Canada have banned it as well.
"In Canada, CBC Radio announced last week it would join at least two other broadcasters in the country — Rogers Media and Bell Media — in keeping the song off their holiday playlists," reports CBS News. "CBC spokeswoman Nicola Makoway said the broadcaster planned to remove the song at midnight on Tuesday with 'no plans to play it going forward.'"
An informal poll on CBS New York shows a majority of people want "Baby, It's Cold Outside" kept on the radio.