Daughter of 'Baby, It's Cold Outside' Songwriter Says He'd Be Horrified Over Claims It's About Rape
Susan Loesser spoke to Inside Edition about the song being pulled from some radio stations.
The daughter of the man who penned the holiday classic “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” is opening up about recent backlash to the song, which some have said promotes date rape.
The 1944 song is about a man trying to convince his date to stay with him a little longer. It's been recorded numerous times since its debut in the movie "Neptune's Daughter,” with Dolly Parton, Lady Gaga, Ray Charles, Tom Jones, Tony Bennett and more singing the classic tune.
But now, radio stations around the country have pulled it from their holiday playlist because of complaints the song is sexist — or worse.
Susan Loesser, the daughter of Broadway legend Frank Loesser, who wrote the song, insisted it's innocent.
"This song is not about an abuse of power, it is about flirtation and that is how flirtation was in those days," Susan said, adding that she doesn't want the song connected to the #MeToo movement.
Susan said her parents would perform the tune, for which Frank won an Oscar, at parties together.
"In those days in the entertainment world, you had to bring an act to a party, so that was their act," she said.
"It is not a date rape song, it is a flirtatious song."
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