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Amid #MeToo, radio station nixes ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’

CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 26: Residents in Humboldt Park dig out after an early winter snowstorm dumped several inches snow on the neighborhood on November 26, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. The storm, which started yesterday morning with rain turning to snow, dumped upwards to a foot of snow in Chicago and the surrounding area. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 775263100

Residents in Humboldt Park dig out after an early winter snowstorm dumped several inches snow on the neighborhood on November 26, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. T (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

CLEVELAND — A Cleveland radio station says it has stopped playing “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” after listeners said the song heard on countless holiday playlists is inappropriate.

They’re certainly not the first to question the song’s undertones and criticize the duet, in which one singer tries to persuade the other to stay and their exchanges include lyrics like “What’s in this drink?” and “Baby, don’t hold out.”

WDOK-FM midday host Glenn Anderson says he recognizes that society was different when the song was written back in 1944, but he doesn’t think it has a place today, especially in the era of the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment.

He announced on the pop music station’s website this week that the song would no longer be in its around-the-clock rotation of holiday music.