With the #MeToo movement have come revelations about inappropriate conduct of multiple well-known celebrities. This has left many people feeling uncomfortable enough to stop listening to some of their favorite music or watch what was once a go-to movie because it would feel like they were supporting a monster.
Over the years, the holiday classic "Baby It's Cold Outside" has become cringier and cringier with its suggestive lyrics that seem to blatantly ignore the concept of consent. Still, it's such a catchy tune that it's hard to turn it off when it pops on the radio. So, John Legend decided to give the people what they want: the catchy tune with updated lyrics.
The EGOT winner is including the new and improved song on his upcoming Christmas album, "A Legendary Christmas". He and Kelly Clarkson sing the song together and instead of sounding rapey, John's part of the duet is full of affirming comments about Kelly's right to leave if she wants to.
John co-wrote the new lyrics with comedian Natasha Rockwell, and was kind enough to give fans a sneak peek before the album officially releases. Some of the updated lyrics include, “I really can’t stay (Baby it’s cold outside)/ I’ve gotta go away (I can call you a ride)/ This evening has been (so glad that you dropped in)/ So very nice (time spent with you is paradise)/ My mother will start to worry (I’ll call a car and tell ’em to hurry)” as well as, “What will my friends think? (I think they should rejoice)/… if I have one more drink? (It’s your body, and your choice)”.
While the original composure, Frank Loesser, is no longer living to see the remake of his 1944 classic, his daughter, Susan Loesser, told NBC in 2018 that she understands why women today no longer love the lyrics like, "I simply must go (but baby it's cold outside/The answer is no! (but baby it's cold outside)". For her, the song used to have fond memories since her father wrote it to sing with her mother at parties, but she says that now when she hears the line "say, whats in this drink?" all she can think about is someone drugging a woman.
There are sure to be a lot of opposing opinions with this #MeToo update, but if anyone can make a song about consent sound like a Christmas classic, it's definitely John Legend.