Dean Martin's 'Baby, It's Cold Outside' Celebrates 61 Years As A Christmas Classic

Dean Martin's 'Baby, It's Cold Outside' Celebrates 61 Years As A Christmas Classic

First composed in 1944 by Frank Loesser, the song made an impression after appearing in the 1949 film 'Neptune's Daughter.'

Many people would argue that a Christmas playlist is incomplete without the iconic song, "Baby, It's Cold Outside." This year will mark 61 years since the song made its mark as a popular holiday tune after the memorable rendition by Dean Martin in 1959. It was, however, first composed in 1944 by Frank Loesser and made its first public appearance in the 1949 film Neptune's Daughter. Ester Williams sings this song with Ricardo Montalban and is later sung by Betty Garrett with Red Skelton in the film. But the song has been criticized recently because the lyrics come across as predatory.


After an upheaval about how the lyrics are coercive, forcing the woman into an uncomfortable situation, many radio stations took the song off air. In the #MeToo era, the song was condemned as a song about date rape. So singers John Legend along with Keepy Clarkson revamped the song to make it more current, respectful, and less predatory. Many people disapproved of the changes made to the lyrics and among them was Dean Martin's daughter, Deana Martin. “You do not change the lyrics to the song,” Martin voiced her displeasure. “He’s made it more sexual in it with those words that he has just said. It’s absolutely absurd.” 


"I think what he's done is, he's stealing the thunder from Frank Loesser's song and from my dad. He should write his own song if he doesn't like this one, but don't change the lyrics. It's a classic, perfect song," Martin continued. “[Dean] would say it’s absurd. I think John should’ve just left it alone." Speaking to Fox News Martin said, “I'd like to thank everyone for helping bring my father Dean Martin’s original version of Baby's It's Cold Outside back to the top of the Billboard charts in 2018. Dean’s song is included in his hugely successful 1959 album Winter Romance, and I’m very proud that it has become an evergreen favorite that is played every holiday season."


The 76-year-old went on to say that she still enjoys performing the song. “This song is a cute, flirtatious and romantic song written by Frank Loesser in 1944 and it won the Oscar for best original song in the 1949 film Neptune's Daughter. It has been recorded by dozens of the world’s top recording artists for over 60 years." Many people agree with her and do not think it is a song that promotes rape culture. And an English teacher has an explanation about what the song actually represents. Taking to Tumblr, the teacher stated, "Given a cursory glance and applying today’s world view to the song, yes, you're right, it absolutely *sounds* like a rape anthem."


The teacher goes on to explain, "The song makes sense in the context of a society in which women are expected to reject men’s advances whether they actually want to or not, and therefore it’s normal and expected for a lady’s gentleman companion to pressure her despite her protests because he knows she would have to say that whether or not she meant it, and if she really wants to stay she won’t be able to justify doing so unless he offers her an excuse other than, 'I’m staying because I want to.'" So it is not a song about rape but about how "a woman finds a way to exercise sexual agency in a patriarchal society designed to stop her from doing so."

The post continues: "But it’s also, at the same time, one of the best illustrations of rape culture that pop culture has ever produced. It’s a song about a society where women aren’t allowed to say yes… which happens to mean it’s also a society where women don’t have a clear and unambiguous way to say no."


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