New York singer Melinda DeRocker refused to record the controversial “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” duet for her new holiday album because she “could not sing those lyrics” in the #MeToo era.
The politically correct crooner slammed the popular tune, which was recently banned from an Ohio radio station for having “no place” in today’s “extra sensitive world.”
Lines in the song include a woman asking, “What’s in this drink?” and a man suggesting she stay for the night, despite her continued protests, saying, “The answer is no.”
“[The words] made me uncomfortable, “ DeRocker tells The Post. “They were too pushy.”
She resisted pressure to include the 1944 Frank Loesser number in her album, “Christmas Time Is Here,” insisting it belonged “in the past.”
In its place, the Tarrytown-based artist recorded a less well-known melody by Loesser titled “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?” with fellow musician Nate Birkey.
“It’s about two people hoping to have a date with each other,” adds DeRocker. “It’s very sweet and I love the feel of that song.”
She explains that “Guys And Dolls” composer Loesser wrote “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” as a duet to sing with his first wife, Lynn Garland, at a housewarming party in Manhattan.
Says DeRocker: “The ‘what’s in this drink?’ line was a common idiom which essentially blamed your actions on the influence of alcohol. Of course, at the time, it didn’t have the association with date rape drugs.”
She concludes: “But that was in 1944 — a whole other era than today.”
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