PIERS MORGAN: If ‘Saint’ John Legend’s so worried about inappropriate song lyrics, why doesn’t he leave Baby It’s Cold Outside alone and rewrite all the far more sexist and misogynist filth spewed by his rapper friends?
John Legend, who along with his publicity-mad swimsuit model wife Chrissy Teigen, is Hollywood’s self-appointed Virtue-Signaler-In-Chief
My favorite festive holiday song is ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside.’
Immortalized in the 1949 movie Neptune’s Daughter, it’s a joyous celebration of flirtation, as a handsome charming man tries to persuade a beautiful charming woman to stay with him on a wintry night.
There’s nothing sleazy about it, or nasty, or even remotely ‘problematic’ to quote the ghastly buzzword of modern day political correctness.
It’s fun, sexy, playful, and both the man and woman are completely in control of their own actions during the mutually enjoyable and totally consensual experience.
This is a scene that has played out many billions of times in the history of our great planet. It’s called seduction.
And that process only becomes something sinister or even criminal when a woman is being forced to do something she doesn’t want to do.
That is not the case in Baby It’s Cold Outside.
It was written by U.S. songwriter Frank Loesser to sing with his wife Lynn Garland at their housewarming party in New York.
The original lyrics included these lines:
‘My mother will start to worry.. (Man: ‘Beautiful, what’s your hurry?’)
‘The neighbors might think.. (Man: ‘Baby it’s cold out there.’)
‘Say what’s in this drink?’ (Man: ‘No cabs to be had out there..’)
Esther Williams and Ricardo Montalban sing ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ from the 1949 film, Neptune’s Daughter
To 99.9% of all those who’ve ever heard these lyrics, particularly in context of the film clip, they are perfectly sweet and innocent.
But to the 0.00001% of super-woke, permanently offended virtue-signalers out there, this is in fact a sickening depiction of sexual harassment or even sexual assault.
To them, the man’s obviously a disgusting monster, refusing to understand that no means no, who has slipped some kind of Bill Cosby-style drug into the woman’s drink in an effort to render her unconscious so he can attack her.
This ridiculous narrative, started by a few angry feminists a few years ago, reached a crescendo in the wake of the #MeToo scandal that erupted after the exposure of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.
By late 2018, radio stations began banning the song altogether, led by WDOK Star 102 in Cleveland, Ohio, which attributed its decision to the ‘lyric content, based on listener input, amid the #MeToo movement.’
The public, gloriously, reacted by marching out to buy Dean Martin’s iconic version of the song in such huge numbers it rocketed back into the Billboard chart, with sales surging 70% thanks to the furore.
You might think this would be the end of the matter.
But sadly, it wasn’t.
In fact, it was just the start because singer John Legend, who along with his publicity-mad swimsuit model wife Chrissy Teigen, is Hollywood’s self-appointed Virtue-Signaler-In-Chief, decided the original version of Baby It’s Cold Outside is so despicable the lyrics must be rewritten for the #MeToo era.
So that’s what he’s now done, writing a new version with Insecure comedian Natasha Rothwell that he performs with Kelly Clarkson.
The new lyrics include:
‘I really can’t stay (Man: ‘Baby, it’s cold outside…’)
‘I’ve gotta go away (Man: ‘I can call you a ride..’)
‘This evening has been (Man: ‘So glad you dropped in..)
‘So very nice (Man: ‘Time spent with you is paradise..)
‘My mother will start to worry (Man: ‘I’ll call a car and tell ’em to hurry.)
‘What will my friends think?’ (Man: ‘I think they should rejoice..’)
‘If I have one more drink..’ (Man: ‘It’s your body, and your choice..’)
What a load of nauseating PC-crazed tripe.
At this stage, it’s worth remembering how Mr Legend himself first got together with Ms Teigen.
They met on the set of his music video for the song ‘Stereo’.
John and Chrissy met on the set of his music video for the song ‘Stereo’ – he was the most powerful man on set, the star and therefore effectively, the boss while she was an impressionable 21-year-old model hired to work alongside him
He was the most powerful man on set, the star and therefore effectively, the boss.
She was an impressionable 21-year-old model hired to work alongside him.
Ms Teigen told Cosmo several years later: ‘I walked into John’s dressing room to meet him and he was ironing in his underwear. I said, ‘you do your own ironing?’ He said, ‘Of course I do.’ I gave him a hug.’
After the shoot, she says they went back to his hotel room and ‘hooked up’.
I’m not an expert on the whiter-than-white standards of super-woke behavior, but by Legend and Teigen’s own yardstick, isn’t every part of this story highly ‘problematic’?
Older, powerful boss sleeping with young employee after they work together?
The CEO of McDonald’s just got fired for doing exactly that.
And when it comes to rewriting inappropriate lyrics, why did Legend pick on Baby It’s Cold Outside?
After all, it pales into insignificance compared to the shockingly sexist and misogynist lyrics of so many current rap and pop stars.
Snoop Dogg sang: ‘B*itches ain’t sh*t but hoes and tricks, lick on these nuts and suck the d*ck.’
Kanye West sang: ‘I know she like chocolate men, she got more n***** off than Cochran.’
Eminem sang: ‘Sl*t, you think I won’t choke no w***e, til the vocal cords don’t work in her throat no more.’
And as for Pharrell Williams’ Blurred Lines collaboration with Robin Thicke, he’s since admitted the lyrics including ‘I hate these blurred lines, I know you want it’ were ‘rapey’ .
Yet John Legend hasn’t suggested rewriting any of these songs.
Why could that be?
Oh wait, it’s because they’re all performed by his good friends?
Legend (left) hasn’t suggested rewriting any of songs by Pharrell Williams (second left) or Kanye West (second right). Why could that be? Oh wait, it’s because they’re all performed by his good friends…
So, as with most ‘woke’ campaigns, this one is riddled with sanctimonious hypocrisy.
Legend’s targeted ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ because it’s an easy win for him – something guaranteed to get him lots of publicity and make women go ‘awwwww, isn’t he lovely?’
Yet when it comes to the often disturbingly hateful women-shaming lyrics of so many of his contemporaries, gutless Legend remains silent.
Deana Martin, daughter of Rat Pack legend Dean who sang one of the best known versions of Baby It’s Cold Outside, perfectly summed up the fake outrage: ‘It’s mad. It’s a sweet, flirty, sexy fun holiday song that’s been around 40 years. This breaks my heart.’
As for what her dad’s reaction would be, she said: ‘He’d be going insane right now. He’d say, ‘What’s the matter with you? Get over it. It’s just a fun song.’
It is, or rather it was until the woke brigade got their claws into it.
And here’s the most laughable part of this whole pathetic furore.
In Neptune’s Daughter, the song is actually performed twice.
There’s the famous version between Ricardo Montalbán and Esther Williams where it’s the man doing the persuading.
And there’s a far less talked about version between Betty Garrett and Red Skelton where it’s the man who wants to leave, and the woman who’s trying to persuade HIM to stay.
Needless to say, nobody ever mentions this second one, because it doesn’t suit the man-hating theme.
Oh, and did I mention that the movie ended with both couples planning their weddings?
If John Legend had his way, the movie would now be rewritten to have the men arrested.
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