Keep Your Hands Off Our Classic Music Standards

The last post was labelled, “The Plain Speaking Truth,” so here’s a bit more plain speaking because I’m frankly angry when honest movements for the betterment of mankind are hijacked by extremists and nutters who just want to deny to the rest of us anything they consider offensive, or more likely gives them a chance at two minutes of fame.

I’m a solid supporter of rights for women; I believe men like Harvey Weinstein should be castrated, but I’m getting tired of the constant ‘pushing of the boundaries’ that certain female elements use for perhaps no other purpose than to make the rest of us feel uncomfortable.

When they start messing around with music, and old romantic classics like, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” then I’ve had enough. Only recently, we hear that a number of radio stations in North America have banned the song from their Christmas playlists.

An Ohio radio station is dropping the Christmas classic “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” for having “no place” in today’s “extra sensitive” world. [1]

“Extra-sensitive,” I prefer the phrase, “Over-sensitive.” And who are these “extra-sensitive” people in North America? I doubt they’re Donald Trump supporters.

“I do realize that when the song was written in 1944, it was a different time, but now while reading it, it seems very manipulative and wrong,” explained Glenn Anderson, a host on Cleveland’s WDOK-FM.

Oh, do me a favour, Anderson, stop ass-crawling! Try reading it as it was meant, not as your pervy little mind chooses to regard it now.

“The world we live in is extra sensitive now, and people get easily offended,” he continues.

Just how many listeners do you have who are “easily offended” Mister Anderson? One Canadian station has pulled the song because ONE woman complained. I’m all for the rights of minorities, but that’s ridiculous. WDOK-FM doesn’t state how many hordes of irate female listeners have stormed their building and wrecked their equipment. I wonder why not.

Written by Frank Loesser and performed by Dean Martin and Marilyn Maxwell, the song is certainly one of our Christmas favourites (though the Louis Jordan/ Ella Fitzgerald version comes mighty close) and if my wife’s well enough it’ll certainly be on our hi-fi over the holidays.

Where does it end? There must be a plethora of old pop songs and standards that could be interpreted as ‘sexist’, or, God help us, predatory. And that’s the crux of the matter, it’s just about how you want to interpret these things. Almost any harmless romantic ballad could be construed as ‘predatory’, if your mind is sufficiently warped to see it that way. Well mine isn’t, and I’m quite sure most sane individuals would agree with me.

Once again the pyramid of public opinion swings wildly out of control, as the extremists take over and attempt to ruin it for everyone.

Get a life, you people, romance is not dead – much as you’d like it to be.

[1] “Radio station pulls ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’ amid #MeToo movement” NewYork Post, December 4th 2018

2 Replies to “Keep Your Hands Off Our Classic Music Standards”

  1. Oh – I missed this, RJ – by looking in the wrong place on your new interface, I guess.

    I’ve written about the same topic just today.
    I’m in agreement with you, though not feeling quite as angry – I can’t be arsed! People will feel what they want to feel, so may as well let ’em get on with it. :-/

    As my old boss, Mr H. used to say, laughing about some similar debate, long ago – “to the pure, all things are pure”.

  2. Twilight ~ yes, I’ve just read your piece. I came here to copy the link for a comment, a sort of, “Well, if you wanna know what I think, read this, ” type of thing. Anyway, in doing so I found your comment here, which was nice. I will now go and leave my comment on “Learning Curve On The Elliptic.” 🙂

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