So ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’ is now pulled from some Canadian radio stations.
I mean, seriously?
A special interest group thinks it promotes rape? Well maybe they are not listening to it properly. To me, that song talks about the how society keeps women in a chastity belt. She wants to stay with the guy but feels her reputation would be damaged if she did. This woman wants to break out of her girdle and wear a thong, but society tells her it’s wrong. Baby it’s Cold Outside is a women’s rights anthem!
So, what about Roy Orbison‘s, Pretty Woman, or Queen’s Fat Bottom Girls? You can’t pull Fat Bottom Girls, that’s my theme song!
Are we going to delete the entire playlist from the 1980s? Or the 70s or the 60’s? Will radio stations stop playing rap music all together?
Are we going to delete all songs that mention women as sexy beings? Or songs that offend women?
What about books that mention women in a derogatory way? Are we going to the library next to pull all the Danielle Steel books off the shelves?
What about paintings that show women in the nude? Are we going to rip Henri Matisse, Blue Nude off the wall and ban it from public view?
Should we take all the CDs, books and paintings that depict women as nude, weak, and offensive, throw them all in a big pile in the centre of town and set them on fire?
Wait! We’ve been here before.
Censorship in Nazi Germany was extreme and strictly enforced by the governing Nazi Party, but specifically by Joseph Goebbels and his Reich Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda.
This ministry tightly controlled information available to citizens. Almost all Modernist art, such as Impressionism and Expressionism, was considered degenerate art by the Nazi regime, and much modern music such as Jazz and Swing was also barred as degenerate music. Jewish composers like Mendelsohn and Schoenberg were also banned. Amongst those authors and artists who were suppressed both during the Nazi book burnings and the attempt to destroy modernist fine art in the "degenerate" art exhibition were Ernest Hemingway. Artists such as Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet, and Vincent van Gogh. They banned composers such as Gustav Mahler. They banned philosophers, scientists and sociologists such as Albert Einstein and Sigmund Freud.
We live in a world where ‘offended’ is a personality trait now. There are professional ‘offended’ people. These are people who devote their life to being offended everyday and make a living out of it by doing it on social media and getting picked up by the mainstream media. Like the people who get a Christmas classic like ‘Baby it’s cold outside’ banned from public airways.
Are companies like CBC, Rogers Media and Bell Media now allowing special interest groups to censor their playlists? Why can’t I, as a listener, decide if I want to hear it. If you don’t like it change the channel. So, are these radio stations now also banning all rap music and vetting every song they play to ensure it doesn’t offend someone?
Are we allowing special interest groups to be the new Nazis regime?
If a radio station or theatre production decides they want to play ‘Baby it’s Cold Outside’, will these groups start protesting outside?
Wait isn’t that what Trumps followers are doing now? They protest outside the house of journalists to stop them from telling the truth.
This is plain and simple censorship at it’s finest. I think CBC, Rogers and Bell are on a slippery slope right now. Once they give in to these professional protesters where does it stop?
They may find themselves out in the cold…. And Baby it’s Cold Outside.
Here's a few more Christmas songs people are complaining about:
The Christmas Song: Folks dressed up like Eskimos? Cultural appropriation.
Santa Claus is Coming to Town: Sees you when you’re sleeping? Knows when you’re awake? Peeping Tom stalker.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: Bullying.
Do You Hear What I Hear: blatant disregard for the hearing impaired.
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas: Make the yuletide GAY? Wow, just wow!
Jingle Bell Rock: Giddy up jingle horse, pick up your feet: animal abuse.
I'll Be Home for Christmas: Not if you are homeless. That's just Insensitive.
Grandma got ran over by a reindeer: Homicide. Extremely violent and promotes alcoholism.