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Banned in #MeToo Era: ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside,’ Other Classics

The risqué lyrics of “Santa Baby” — originally written for Eartha Kitt (shown above right) — suggest that women must please Santa sexually in order to remain on his “nice list,” according to some liberal snowflakes.

And “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” a wildly successful hit for Mariah Carey (above left), sends single women the terribly disempowering message that they don’t want material things for Christmas, according to some grinches. Instead, these women want only the loving companionship of a man.

But wait — isn’t that actually more what Christmas is really about? Eschewing the commercialization of the holiday and focusing instead on relationships?

Things have gotten a little crazy out there, clearly.

Citing “complaints from listeners,” San Francisco Bay Area radio station KOIT pulled the song “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” from its playlist earlier this week, following the lead of Star 102 in Cleveland, Ohio.

But San Franciscans still have a chance to save the beloved 1944 Christmas classic.

“I’m very open to putting it [back] in,” Brian Figula, KOIT’s program director, told San Francisco’s KPIX TV station on Monday. “If they say we need to play it, we will. If not, we won’t.”

After receiving hundreds of social media comments and emails demanding the reinstatement of the duet in all its forms, on Tuesday Figula said he’s leaving it to listeners to decide.

The fate of the song will be announced this coming Monday morning, December 10. If the results of KOIT’s poll suggest listeners want the song back, well, the station will comply.

What’s the problem with it, anyway?

Opponents of the song say it promotes a rape culture, citing the playful and oft-misinterpreted “what’s in this drink” line. Their flawed interpretation of the song is one in which a man is inappropriately pressuring a woman to engage with him romantically — against her express wishes.

Cooler heads [4] recognize that the song depicts a playful and romantic scene featuring a dating couple’s mutual flirtation, an interaction welcomed by both the man and the woman.

And the icing on the cake for this interpretation is that the man and woman sing the final line in unison.

But some folks won’t have it, insisting the beloved tune is offensive and pushes a dangerous narrative in 2018 that will somehow result in a spate of holiday rapes.

Last year’s mood-killing and politically correct retread [5] of the Frank Loesser duet received an icy reception despite its attempt to strip the song of its original story and sub in a more sterile narrative in which “consent” plays a primary role.

The original holiday duet famously appeared in the movie “Neptune’s Daughter” in 1949 sung by Esther Williams and Ricardo Montalban.

It has been covered by duos Dolly Parton and Rod Stewart, Michael Bublé and Idina Menzel, Lady Gaga and Joseph Gordon Levitt, and many others in recent years, much to fans’ delight.

“If the left-wing grinches have their way, you may have to stop singing all the songs you love to sing,” said host Laura Ingraham on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle” on Wednesday night.

“ABC and others are trying to create their own index of prohibited Christmas songs,” said Fox News contributor Raymond Arroyo.

“Songs reflect an era,” Arroyo noted. “All the songs from this era were about innuendo, but they weren’t gratuitous … unlike the age [in which] we find ourselves.”

Innocent boys, if listeners followed the songs, could be subjected to receiving toy guns or hammers, and little girls might receive — gasp! — dolls that laugh and cry or open and shut their eyes for Christmas.

“This is called human experience. It’s what songs are meant to capture — love, sex, desire.”

“It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” and “Up on the Housetop,” for example, apparently promote gender-stereotyped gift-giving for the most vulnerable among us.

Innocent boys, if listeners followed the songs, could be subjected to receiving toy guns or hammers, and little girls might receive — gasp! — dolls that laugh and cry or open and shut their eyes for Christmas.

The horror!

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Michele Blood is a Flemington, New Jersey-based freelance writer and regular contributor to LifeZette.