Radio Station Trolls Critics, Plays ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ on Repeat

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A Kentucky radio station trolled critics of the song “Baby It’s Cold Outside” by playing the song on repeat for two hours while on air Sunday morning.

The station, WAKY in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, proclaimed on Facebook that it was “not afraid” to play the song and wound up playing five different versions of the 1940s classic for two hours Sunday.

“I’m not sure why it’s controversial,” Joe Fredele, director of programming for the station, told WLKY. “We’ve played this song for years, you know, this song is older than WAKY is. It’s almost 70 years old.”

“Baby It’s Cold Outside” caused controversy after an Ohio radio station decided to pull the song when a radio caller claimed the song contained lyrics promoting sexual harassment. The song received heavy criticism by #MeToo movement figures who say the song sends the wrong message on the issue of consent.

But the ban on the song turned out to have the opposite effect. A San Francisco radio station ended its ban on the song after thousands of listeners in the Bay Area insisted the station keep the song on the air, and sales of the song surged as attempts to rape-shame the classic Christmas tune fell flat.

Several celebrities — including William Shatner, Dennis Quaid, and Dean Martin’s daughter — all spoke out defending “Baby It’s Cold Outside” against left-wing calls to censor the song on the radio.


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