For the record… while I do loathe censorship, I also know that America’s 1st Amendment Freedom of Speech rights do not protect the oft mentioned example of someone “yelling fire in a crowded theatre” (when no such conflagration exists). When compelling arguments can be presented… those which claim that song lyrics are perpetuating violence against women… that’s when it can also be argued that figurative fires are raging… burning down civilized society and it’s high time to break out the fire extinguishers. Needless to say… merely yelling “FIRE” will not suffice. Yes, there’s much more to discuss.
Which brings us to the #MeToo movement… female activism at its finest. Rightfully so, they’ve been on a mission to expose two legged, male predatory animals whose MOs run the full gamut from verbal harassment to sexual assault.
It was only inevitable that they’d inspire our scrutinization of offensive Christmas songs… most recently and notably the Frank Loesser composition, Baby It’s Cold Outside. Let’s give a listen to this spot on, CBC (Canadian TV network) round table meeting of the minds.
The couple portrayed in this next video brilliantly establish the seriousness of this problem… how rapidly males can devolve. All I can say is thank God the vile male character found in this video vignette was only an actor playing out a role…
The big question becomes… why would anyone still insist on playing such a song when they know its premise offends and/or creeps out women (and many men too)… when they know that broadcasting / publicly playing it, can re-victimize sexual assault survivors. Think of it this way. First, saying NO to their attackers did not mean NO and now their saying NO to this deplorable song’s fan-base does not mean NO.
At this point it would be totally appropriate to point out one more offensive Yuletide track, Santa Baby. While the song premise does not quite devolve to that of Baby It’s Cold Outside… that is hardly an acceptable excuse. This song showcases composer Philip Springer’s erroneous perception of what a woman wants out of life… i.e., to seduce Santa into becoming her sugar daddy… in effect… selling herself into sexual servitude.
Such lyrics hardly perpetuate a healthy female/male dynamic. Worse yet, overly impressionable, immature males (of all ages) could easily become brainwashed into ERRONEOUSLY believing that they are the only “gift” women would ever need. And once they’ve got that notion surging within their testosterone toxified gray matter, might they also wrongfully believe it their birthright to interpret NO to be negotiable?
Let’s re-emphasize this… NO MEANS NO!
Let’s now explore Santa Baby through the ages…
In the beginning it was Eartha Kitt’s 1953 rendition…
Next came Madonna’s 1987 interpretation…
where she performed it in a voice that sets back Women’s Lib as much as a Tweeting orange fake prez and blackface minstrel shows set back racial equality (PLEASE… Ms. Ciccone… tell me this was your idea of a joke). Oh… btw… my mind clicked onto the comparison to a minstrel show PRIOR to my viewing my blog’s lead video… where CBC Radio pop culture columnist Kim Linekin made a similar observation.
Finally, Thoroughly Modern Miley Cyrus delivers her 2018 rendition….
Well, it’d appear that Ms. Cyrus’ no nonsense, 21st century cover has got us all covered. We can only hope that her Version 12.18 forever replaces all the earlier releases.
One final observation… please keep in mind that Christmas themed songs are what oft captivate the minds of the youngest members of society. If you have any doubt, consider how many of today’s “adults” still want to hear Baby It’s Cold Outside.
Two final questions… to each and every (hopefully concerned) parent…
1. Would you want your daughter to incorrectly assume she’s not allowed to say NO and/or aspire to become a seductress of a sugar daddy… for all intents and purposes a sexual predator / rabid wolf in Santa Claus clothing?
2. Would you want your son to not grow up to become the president… to have as his role model an orange prez who has been accused of being a sexual predator?