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USA: Radio station stops playing 'Baby, It's Cold Outside'

08 December 2018

The news of radio stations banning the holiday classic song "Baby It's Cold Outside" has reached the writer's daughter, Susan Loesser, and she's blaming Bill Cosby.

The fight over the song heated up in Denver when KOSI, a radio station that plays exclusively holiday tunes this time of year, banned the song, only to quickly bring it back.

"Bill Cosby ruined it for everybody", Susan Loesser told NBC News.

Critics took exception to its lyrics, citing the moment he tells her "don't hold out" and particularly when she asks: 'Say, what's in this drink?'

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Cosby was sentenced to up to 10 years in prison in September for drugging and attacking a woman, but more than 60 others accused him of historic crimes including rape, drug-facilitated sexual assault, sexual battery, child sexual abuse, and sexual misconduct.

Keyes said there haven't been any complaints about "Baby, It's Cold Outside" to the station, but that the tone of the song in 2018 is different from when it was originally written in the 1940s.

'People used to say, 'What's in this drink?' as a joke, ' Loesser explained. "You know, 'this drink is going straight to my head so what's in this drink?' Back then it didn't mean 'you drugged me'". Though some say it eerily relates to Bill Cosby drugging women's drinks, Susan Loesser said the time frame of the song's text is more geared for those in the 1940's and 50's.

The 1944 song is about a man trying to convince his date to stay with him a little longer.

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Say what's in this drink?

Though the song was supposedly written for Christmas parties, it's been recorded by some top artists over the last 50 years.

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USA: Radio station stops playing 'Baby, It's Cold Outside'