Creative couple Lydia Liza and Josiah Lemanski put their creative holiday hats on and re-imagined the
overplayed classic Christmas song ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ — except this time the lyrics are actually appropriate.
The musically inclined duo from Minneapolis agreed the original version of the Frank Loesser hit from 1944 was dated and lacked consent.
And, let’s be honest, if you ever actually paid any attention to the lyrics to the original song — it’s creepy as hell.
“I’ve always had a big problem with the song,” Lemanski told CNN, “It’s so aggressive and inappropriate.”
He’s not wrong. If you tune into any radio station that’s opting for a festive theme, you’ll hear ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ within the next hour — whether it’s being covered by Dolly Parton and Rod Stewart, Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey, Idina Menzel and Michael Buble — or whoever — it’s bound to be played.
All the same, the lyrics are rapey and all the male singers won’t accept ‘no’ from their duet partner.
It doesn’t matter which male vocalist takes on the song — they all sing the same famous lines from, “Mind if I move in closer?” to “What’s the sense in hurtin’ my pride.” The song is basically about a woman who is uncertain about the situation — she’s trying to set some boundaries and the dude is just not having it. One of her lines is actually, “Say what’s in this drink?” It’s sketchy.
Liza and Lemanski’s version, of course, tells a new story.
The new lyrics include excellent modifications like, “Baby I’m fine with that” to “You reserve the right to say no.”
Here’s a version of their song:
Rumour has it the song is set to be recorded and released on Rock the Cause Inc. 501c3 and the process will be going towards women’s rights and civil rights organizations.
So happy holidays — the feminist version of ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ you all have been waiting for is here. Now you can sing it guilt-free.
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