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The Streisand Effect

“Baby, It’s Cold Outside” has come under fire of late, with some radio stations banning the holiday standard in light of the #MeToo movement and others defending and continuing to play it. Frank Loesser wrote the song in 1944, and its storyline of a male suitor who attempts to dissuade his object of affection from leaving for the chilly outdoors is being newly dissected.

Despite the controversy, or perhaps in part because of attention generated by it, a version of the song hits the top 10 of Billboard’s Digital Song Sales chart for the first time. Dean Martin’s take, recorded in 1959, is the chart’s Greatest Gainer, soaring from No. 31 to No. 10 on the Dec. 22-dated list, up 70 percent to 11,000 downloads sold in the week ending Dec. 13, according to Nielsen Music. A week earlier, it returned to the chart with a 257 percent blast to 7,000 sold.

For a second consecutive week, Martin’s cover is the second-best-selling holiday song

I picked up on the “what’s in this drink” line years ago and call it “The Date Rape Song”.


  1. DougM (a 20th-Century guy)
    Posted December 18, 2018 at 6:27 pm |

  2. sortah
    Posted December 18, 2018 at 6:34 pm |

    Babs is quite the commie. “All for me and none for thee.”
    When the thing slides into the sea, will the news be covered with many pictures and history? I can only hope. She was also involved in legalities for years over the public beach at the base of the cliff. She said it was “hers”. She lost that one, also.

  3. Claire: rebellious pink pig with car keys - and a *cause*
    Posted December 20, 2018 at 10:10 am |

    This song is a yet another victim of presentism.

    I like it.
    I also like Santa Baby.

    I like it out here at the bus stop. It’s peaceful.

  4. ZZMike
    Posted December 20, 2018 at 6:09 pm |

    I’m sure a million other people have said the same thing, but still:

    What do those morons who slam “BiCO” think about the hundreds(at least) of rap songs?

  5. JoeBandmember®
    Posted December 21, 2018 at 9:06 pm |

    How many bathrooms will Target need NOW ?