Although “Baby It’s Cold Outside” might not be receiving a rosy reception nowadays, Deana Martin, the daughter of Dean Martin says that its removal from radio stations won't deter her from singing it.
Talking to Fox News, she said that would go on singing the classic song for her audience.
The flirtatious, sassy and romantic song owes its existence to Frank Loesser who wrote it back in 1944.
Since its release, it has been redone and recorded by many artists including world-famous performers including Deanna’s dad, Dean Martin. Her dad included the song in his 1959 album, “Winter Romance.” which is among his most successful albums.
The popular song won an Oscar for best 'Original Song’ in the movie 'Neptune’s Daughter’ that was released in 1949. For 60 plus years it still continues to draw attention from different audiences especially during the holiday season.
Deana says that she loves performing the song and does not see herself stopping the song any time soon.
After the death of her 78-year old dad in 1995 due to acute respiratory failure, Deanna has continuously been sharing Dean Martin’s legacy, especially to curious and new audiences.
Back in 2017, she told Fox News that she has never stopped thinking about her father, what he went through, and changes in the world. “He was a kind, sweet man who loved life and doing what came to his heart,” she said.
The song caused a storm during the festive season after an Ohio radio station dropped it from its lineup. This was after a listener stated that it was not appropriate today for a classic song was done in the 1940s to still be playing in 2018.
WDOK 102.1 host, Desiray, told Fox News that the decision was not the stations but that of its listeners. She further stated that although the tune is very catchy, the lyrics might not really go well with today’s younger generation. Yes, it may have been relevant to the listeners back in the day, but some people may feel its time has passed because what it promotes is controversial.
This isn't the first time the song has sparked controversy, this has been going on for quite some time.
The most notable areas of concern in “Baby its Cold Outside” song are where a woman asserts that she cannot really stay. In response, a man urges her to say because it’s cold outside.
In another section, the woman asks what’s in her drink, and the man answers No and then followed by “I’ve got to get home.”
Reports indicate that other stations in the United States are also contemplating to follow suit. USA Today says that some are turning to their listeners to decide whether the song stays or goes into the archives. The poll results will determine the final decision.
After the song’s removal, 96.5 KOIT station, based in San Francisco told its audience via its website that it too was removing the song. However, the decision generated an outcry among its listeners with some saying it should be brought back.
The station, through its Program Director, Brian Fibula, issued a statement on Monday, December 3rd, saying that the station saw it fit to remove all the versions of 'Baby It’s Cold Outside’ following the trending story from Cleveland as well as complaints from its listeners. Following the removal, the station is still receiving comments via email and social media for the song to be restored as part of the "Christmas Playlist.”
The public’s reaction compelled the station to undertake a poll to settle the matter, and the results of the public opinion are expected on Monday.
KOSI 101, A Denver-based station also found itself in the same predicament and has turned to its listeners to decide the way forward. The revelation, which was made on Tuesday via a Press Release further indicated that the online poll drew over 15, 000 responses. So far, a majority of the listeners were in favor of the holiday classic making a comeback.
The polls show that 95% of the respondents were in favor of the song being part of the holiday playlist. It has always featured in KOSI 101.1’s holiday favorites for many decades.
According to Jim Lawson, the program director, the station is aware that some listeners may find “Baby its Cold Outside” a bit offensive. However, it appears that a majority of the listeners seem okay with it.