EVANSVILLE, Ind. (ABC News) – There’s backlash over a brand-new version of the Christmas classic “Baby It’s Cold Outside”. The new version dropped at Midnight from John Legend and Kelly Clarkson and some critics say it may be too politically correct.
This controversial holiday classic is getting a me-too era update.
“I really can’t stay baby its cold outside.”
John Legend and Kelly Clarkson released a reimagined version of “Baby It’s Cold Outside” overnight. But with a few glaring changes to the original lyrics, changes some are calling “absurd” and political correctness run amok.
Debate over the classic has picked up in the wake of the me-too movement with critics arguing the lyrics are inappropriate; A man trying to convince/coerce a woman to stay with him, though she’s repeatedly saying she wants to leave.
Here’s a line from the original: “I ought to say, no, no, no sir (mind if I move in closer?). At least I’m gonna say that I tried (what’s the sense in hurtin’ my pride?).”
The new Legend-Clarkson version leaves that out and replaces it with… “I ought to say, no, no, no sir (Then you really ought to go, go, go). At least I’m gonna say that I tried (Well, Murray he just pulled up outside).”
And here’s another from the original: “Say what’s in this drink? (no cabs to be had out there).”
That is replaced with: “If I have one more drink? (It’s your body and your choice).”
It’s a holiday staple that’s been covered by dozens of artists, including a recent duet by Lady Gaga and Tony Bennet.
(This story was originally published on November 8, 2019)