It was incredible to witness how this change swept the nation like a wildfire of biblical proportions. Radio stations were clamoring over top of one another to be the first to pull the song and extol their virtue to the world.
But virtually every single comment, or reaction, or shared post that I’ve seen since has been against this change. I’ll confess that I have seen one isolated person interviewed on TV who supported the change, and heard the altered version of the tune here, but that’s it!
What I want to know is… it’s been 3 days since a Cleveland radio station began the madness by banning the song “Baby it’s cold outside” and 2.999 days since the change has been rejected by the masses so…
Why isn’t the song back on the radio already?
How come it was so easy to convince national radio stations to alter their programming before, and it is so hard now? The thing is that it is always MUCH easier to get something banned than it is to get it reinstated, even when the support is exponentially greater for reinstatement.
Take the example of the movie The Red Pill by Cassie Jaye released in 2016 in Australia about Mens Rights Activists. Initially there was a petition to get the movie banned that received 2346 supporters and that actually worked. Then there was a followup petition to get the movie reinstated with 8951 supporters but that didn’t work?
Is the minority right? Perhaps it is possible that the people who complained and the radio stations that banned the song know what they are doing? It could be that banning this song, and any other that creates an aura of acceptability around pressuring a woman to do something she’s not sure about, will play a role in reducing violence against women. And if that’s true, who could oppose such an idea? Not me. But where is the requirement to provide such evidence. It doesn’t seem to exist. Or maybe it does and I simply need to be shown. But in the absence of proof I defer to the late Christopher Hitchens:
“That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence.”
As well, banning art because it is deemed offensive is the ‘work of facists’ declares journalist Jonathan Jones of the Guardian. Arguing about it yes, but demanding that it hold up to today’s ethical standards may very well empty our museums. And as kitschy as the song might be, it is still art.