The holiday season is almost upon us. Yes, it might be two months away, but you can never be too festive, right? And what better way to get in the mood than blasting a few Christmas classics on the way to work?
Everything from "Last Christmas" all the way to "Jingle Bell Rock", my playlist has been sorted. But here's a new one for you all. John Legend and Kelly Clarkson have given us all an early gift with their modern take on the Christmas classic that is "Baby, It's Cold Outside." With the news breaking that this song might actually be about date rape - big yikes- the two singers have decided to switch it up so it's not promoting such a problematic concept with a catchy tune.
Keep scrolling to see the updated version.
With concepts such as the #MeToo movement being prevalent in society...
via: Getty ImagesWe don't expect to let things slip anymore. According to RAINN, an American is sexually assaulted every ninety-eight seconds. If that sounds like a lot, it's because it is.
This is why Tarana Burke started a social media movement ten years ago.
https://t.co/YvLPUdfahl #metoo 📹:XB 2014 March Against Rape Culture Philadelphia, PA https://t.co/fvb6iovJ8q— Tarana (@Tarana)1508109922.0
The concept really took off when celebrity Alyssa Milano tweeted about it.
If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet. https://t.co/k2oeCiUf9n— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa Milano)1508098871.0
And she herself took part.
Me too.— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa Milano)1508100325.0
Anna Paquin also tweeted "me too" in response.
@Alyssa_Milano Me too— Anna Paquin (@Anna Paquin)1508099261.0
Debra Messing also joined in.
Me too https://t.co/ScX67Kmmiy— Debra Messing✍🏻 (@Debra Messing✍🏻)1508101050.0
Even men came forward.
@Alyssa_Milano Me too. I don’t know if means anything coming from a gay man but it’s happened. Multiple times.— Javier Muñoz (@Javier Muñoz)1508101130.0
Some even went into more detail and it was horrifying.
@Alyssa_Milano As a sixth grader, a group of boys held me against a wall as they pulled up my shirt to "see if I st… https://t.co/vzHfrgFMT5— JustCate (@JustCate)1508099332.0
Abusers were also rarely punished.
@Alyssa_Milano The boys barely got a slap on the wrist but I was socially ostracized because I "couldn't take a joke."— JustCate (@JustCate)1508099370.0
And this was just the first step.
It’s beyond a hashtag. It’s the start of a larger conversation and a movement for radical community healing. Join us. #metoo— Tarana (@Tarana)1508109721.0
This is why it is important to start weeding out the little aspects of our society that uphold these problematic values.Even if that means having to edit classic Christmas songs.
I know what you're thinking: "Those damn Millenials are at it again!"Why can't we just leave Christmas songs alone? I know, Susan, I know, but we can't. Imagine you're unintentionally teaching your kids that date rape is okay? Or it's a normal concept in our society so in the future they are aware that this is something they can do if they want to?
We can't have that.This is why it is important to teach newer generations healthy lessons so problematic ones can't manifest themselves within them.
And unfortunately, that starts with some Christmas songs!You all know the classic that is "Baby, It's Cold Outside," right? Of course, you do! I hate to break it to you, but we're starting with that one.
The "sweet" tune might actually be more sinister than we thought...Here's why. When Frank Loesser and his team were writing this, I bet they weren't thinking about the connotations of their lyrics, were they? There are some things that you can get away with, but this ain't one of them.
This song, which was released in 1944, tells the story of "flirty banter" between a man and a woman.
via: YouTubeIn simple words, the woman is very drunk and wants to go home, but the man is insistent she stays with him for the night. Yikes. Change the bloody record.
However, here are the problematic parts:
via: YouTubeAt one point in the song, the lyrics read: Woman: “I really can’t stay." Man: “Oh baby, don’t hold out." From this line, his intentions are clear. It didn't matter if the woman was drunk or she wanted to go home, he was going to get what he wanted.
However, some journalists also point out that she may have wanted to stay...
via: YouTubeBut her desires would not have been accepted in society, so she has to "play hard to get" until he takes the game too far and becomes physical with her. Either one is a horrid connotation.
But it gets worse...
via: YouTubeThough those lines are already quite unsettling, there are far worse lines in the piece such as the one where the woman is left questioning what it is in her drink.
This one's pretty obvious, isn't it?
via: YouTubeWoman: “Say, what’s in this drink?" This line alone made threw this song right on the list of "banned songs" for radio stations up and down the country.
But John Legend and Kelly Clarkson knew just what to do.
via: Getty ImagesRather than just wiping the song out of civilization, they've decided they wanted to re-vamp it, so the #MeToo movement could be proud of the classic, yet again.
Here's a verse from the updated version:
via: Getty ImagesClarkson: “What will my friends think..." Legend: “I think they should rejoice." Clarkson: "...If I have one more drink?" Legend: “It’s your body and your choice."
Another verse went like this:
via: Getty ImagesI really can’t stay (baby it’s cold outside), I’ve gotta go away (I can call you a ride), This evening has been (so glad that you dropped in), So very nice (time spent with you in paradise), My mother will start to worry (I’ll call a car and tell ’em to hurry.)
Doesn't that sound much better?
via: Getty ImagesNo weird, creepy guys slipping anything into girls' drinks. No forcing a girl to stay. No girls stumbling around, seemingly desperate. Just two folks having a nice meeting, probably exchanging numbers afterward and arranging a cute date. Lovely.