“Baby It’s Cold Outside”, Yes We’ve Finally Gone Too Far

     By now everyone has heard about the radio stations that are not playing the Dean Martin classic “Baby Its Cold Outside”.  There is all kinds of other stupidity and ignorance like this going on with the classic Christmas TV show Rudolf The Red Nosed Reindeer and others.  Now before anyone starts to get their knickers in a bunch, this has nothing to do with being opposed to the #metoo movement, racial profiling, or whatever these loud mouthed groups are claiming.  When #metoo came out it stood for something meaningful, but now its like a runaway freight train barreling down a mountain.  There has to be some limit but it seems in today’s society, with the freedom to express ourselves, as I am doing now, we can be as stupid as we want, offend whoever, and not give a damn how many people we upset as long as our agenda is met.

     I am not going to get into violence against women, racism, sexism or any of the hundreds of other issues that everyone seems to have, legitimate or otherwise.  This is about knowing the difference between what is right and what is wrong.  Knowing when to shut your mouth and when to speak up.  It seems that is a lost art for sure.    Lets go back to a very different time, when the song Baby its Cold Outside was written and performed.  Yes, its very clear he would like her to stay so she could have a couple drinks and he could take advantage of her.  I would question how many people simply going to office Christmas parties this year won’t use the same line in jest with co-workers.

     Lets jump ahead to 2012,  and 2015.  I have yet to hear anyone of the #metoo movement or any other group demand the book “Fifty Shades of Grey” of the movie be pulled and no longer played or sold.  The book sold 70 million copies in 2012 alone and the movie had a world wide box office of over 500 million.  I wonder if any of these self righteous people read or went to the movie.  If you are now screaming about Baby Its Cold Outside, you should be ashamed of yourself.  A song thats 50 years old is from a time long gone but this book and movie are current.  Where were your morals and values at that time.

     Further to that I want to share with you, the lyrics for the just nominated song “I Like It” by Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin nominated for “Record of the Year” in the 2019 Grammy’s.

[Intro]

Yeah baby, I like it like that

You gotta believe me when I tell you

I said I like it like that

You gotta believe me when I tell you

I said I like it like that

[Verse 1: Cardi B]

Now I like dollars, I like diamonds

I like stunting, I like shining

I like million dollar deals

Where’s my pen, bitch I’m signin’

I like those Balenciagas

The ones that look like socks

I like going to the jeweler

I put rocks all in my watch

I like texts from my exes

When they want a second chance

I like proving niggas wrong

I do what they say I can’t

They call me Cardi Bardi, banging body

Spicy mami, hot tamale

Hotter than a Somali

Fur coat, Ferrari

Hop out the stu, jump in the coupe

They trippin’ on top of the roof

Flexing on bitches as hard as I can

Eating halal, driving the Lam’

Told that bitch I’m sorry, though

‘Bout my coins like Mario

Yeah they call me Cardi B

I run this shit like cardio

Oh, damn

[Chorus: Cardi B]

Diamonds, just forget the chains

I said I like it like that

Instead of fighting, know I’m gang gang gang gang

I said I like it like that

Drop the top and blow the brains

I said I like it like that

Oh he’s so handsome, what’s his name?

I said I like it like that

Oh I need the dollars

I said I like it like that

Beat it up like piñatas

I said I like it like that

Tell the driver, close the curtains

I said I like it like that

Bad bitch make him nervous

I said I like it like that

Cardi B!

[Verse 2: Bad Bunny]

Chambean, chambean, pero no jalan (Meaning that they charge the gun but they don’t shot)

You buy all Jordans, stupid, I get it free

I spend in the club (wuh), while you hop in the bank (yeh)

This is a new religion, bang, en latino gang, gang, yeh, yeh

I try to diet, but I have a lot of fat in the closet

I moved the Gucci inside the house

Asshole, nobody knows you even in the plaza

The Devil calls me Jesus Christ hugs me

Warrior like Eddie, let the race live

I like Puerto Ricans, I like Cubans

I like the accent of the Colombians

How Dominicans move the ass

But Venezuelans fuck me good

We are active, Perico Pin-Pin

One hundred bills in the briefcase

The bass resounds, Bobby Valentin, yeh

Here it is forbidden to love, tell them Charytín

That pa’l pico I have Claritin

I get to the disc and the riot is formed

[Chorus: Cardi B]

Diamonds, just forget the chains

Pa, pa, pa, pa

I said I like it like that

Instead of fighting, know I’m gang gang gang gang

I said I like it like that

Drop the top and blow the brains

I said I like it like that

Oh, he’s so handsome, what’s his name?

I said I like it like that

Oh I need the dollars

I said I like it like that

Beat it up like piñatas

I said I like it like that

Tell the driver, close the curtains

I said I like it like that

Bad bitch make him nervous

I said I like it like that

[Verse 3: J Balvin]

Like Celia Cruz I have the sugar (azuca’)

Your girl saw  me and she left to her chest like Jimmy Snuka

We’re going to knock off the wig

And fuck you bastard, that you will not pass the juca (juca, juca)

My tennis Balenciaga, they receive me at the entrance

Pa-pa-pa-pa-razzi, like I’m Lady Gaga

And don’t play, you’ve seen my face on Billboard’s cover

I do not leave your mind

Wherever you want trips you’ve heard my people

I’m not high, I’m like the Testarossa

I am the one who lives it and also the one who enjoys it

In the thing, mami in the thing

The one who looks suffers and the one who touches enjoys
 

[Bridge: J Balvin & Cardi B]

I said I like it like that

I said I like it like that

I said I like it like that

I said I like it like that

     If you aren’t offended by those lyrics in any way, but you think Baby Its Cold Outside is bad than I ask of you, What the hell is your problem?   This is the new age of music.  There is language in there, that as a white man I can’t use, because I would be considered a racist, but apparently its okay if used by people of color. (Is that the politically correct way to word it no?  I don’t keep up on that shit)  The state of the current music scene isn’t what I remembered, but I am also not naive and am not going to say things were better before.  There has always been sex, drug,  violence and innuendo in music.  From “Summer Nights” in Grease to Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines”, ZZ Tops “Pearl Necklace, The Knack’s “Good Girls Don’t”, or Rod Stewarts “Tonights The Night” where he pours a good long drink and tells the virgin child(?) to not deny his mans desires.

     So how about we start being realistic.  Violence again women is a very serious subject, as is racism, etc. and lets not make a mockery or them with stupidity by individuals usually looking for their 15 minutes of glory.  The final word to worry about in all of this is censorship.  At what point does that start to become censoring what we can play or listen to.  Maybe we should stop playing John Lennon’s “Imagine”.  He does say what if there’s no heaven.  Blasphemous!

     I don’t even want to get into the entire issue of Happy Holidays and that mess.  Christmas is a North American tradition.  If you have immigrated here but don’t celebrate it, thats ok, its just another day.  If you find it offensive, you need to get over yourself.  The Jewish communities throughout North America do not celebrate Christmas, and I use them only as an example, and they have never complained about the use of the words Merry Christmas.  So after all these years, why the hell are we bending and changing.   Grow up people!



    

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