PrideTime Reporters: Fatima Avalos, Valeria Chavez, Aly Molina, and Maria Ochoa
It’s that time of year when every holiday song is on replay but what's the truth behind these songs? According to Forbes Magazine, there are currently 168 radio stations in the U.S. playing ONLY Christmas songs. So what's the true meaning to your favorite holiday song?
The 70-year-old song Baby, It’s Cold Outside by Dean Martin has recently been banned from many radio stations across the country. The song has been accused of promoting rape culture, which in 2018 has been a hot topic. Because of certain lines including:
“The neighbors might think – Baby, it’s bad out there. Say, what’s in this drink – No cabs to be had out there. I wish I knew how – Your eyes are like starlight now. To break this spell – I’ll take your hat, your hair looks swell. I ought to say no, no, no, sir – Mind if I move a little closer? At least I’m gonna say that I tried – What’s the sense in hurting my pride? I really can’t stay – Baby don’t hold out. Ahh, but it’s cold outside.”
The song is a luring conversation between a man and a woman which has raised questions about consent culture. Another Christmas song that might make you think twice is “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” by Fred Astaire that came out November 1934. Some creepy wording that makes you feel uncomfortable including...
“Santa Claus is comin' to town He's making a list and checking it twice Gonna find out who's naughty and nice Santa Claus is comin' to town He sees you when you're sleepin' He knows when you're awake He knows if you've been bad or good So be good for goodness sake”
Many people don't really think of the lyrics when singing their favorite Christmas tunes. But as we get older you can't help but analyze the song. When you hear “He sees you when your sleepin’” makes you second think...
Next time you hear a Christmas song on the radio listen closely because the songs you might've been playing all month long could mean what you least expected.