Ronald Reagan Actor Says ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’ Controversy Has ‘Gone a Little Far’
'I Can Only Imagine' star Dennis Quaid, who is also a musician, is the latest to defend the classic tune from critics
Yet another familiar face in the entertainment industry is sticking up for the classic song “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” which has faced heavy criticism in the wake of the #MeToo movement.
Radio stations across the country have begun banning the song — with some reversing those bans after public outcries — and social media has been flooded with social justice warriors taking issue with specific lines in the song.
Critics say the song promotes rape culture with lines like “Say, what’s in this drink” and “The answer is no.”
The signature line of the song — “baby, it’s cold outside” — is spoken to the female character after she tells the man she needs to be getting home already.
Supporters of the song — written in 1944 by Frank Loesser — say it’s a playful tune about romantic flirtation between men and women.
Actor Dennis Quaid (pictured above right), who will be playing Ronald Reagan in an upcoming film, is now defending the song and saying the criticisms have “gone a little far.”
“It’s kind of innocent, really,” the actor told Fox News in a recent interview.
“It was written in the ’40s and there’s nothing predatory about it,” he added. “It’s sort of just the relationship between men and women, you know? That’s all.”
Quaid is a musician as well as an actor. He leads the band Dennis Quaid and the Sharks.
Quaid, 64, continued, “It’s sort of a dance and courtship. That’s what that song, to me, is about — at Christmas season.”
The “I Can Only Imagine” star even said he recently performed the song himself on stage.
“I sang that song at the Village Studios Christmas Party the other night,” he said.
Others who have publicly defended “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” from mounting criticism include musician and “Stark Trek” actor William Shatner and Deana Martin, the daughter of Dean Martin — someone who famously covered the song during his career.
“It’s just insane. When I heard it, I said, ‘This can’t possibly be.’ You know, it’s a sweet, flirty, fun holiday song that’s been around for 40 years for my dad. He did it in ’59. But when I saw it, I tweeted, ‘I think this is crazy. What do you think?’ And then all of a sudden, it went viral,” Deana Martin recently told Fox News.
She added, “It’s just a sweet, fun song. There’s nothing bad about it.”
Dennis Quaid will next be taking on the role of Ronald Reagan in an upcoming biopic film.
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