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“Baby, It’s Cold Outside” and Other Potentially Offensive Classics

Once again those with time on their hands and nothing better to do have found a reason to be offended.  The latest episode from the “I am miserable – let’s make everyone else miserable as well” crew has them at odds with Frank Loesser’s 1944 flirtatious, call and response song, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.”  In the era of MeToo where any flirtation is a dangerous game, such offense can be expected, but pulling classic standards people have innocently enjoyed for over seventy years into the debate is a stretch at best.  Now before someone gets their panties in a wad and wants to hang me by my thumbs for being insensitive, please listen close.  No one is saying MeToo is without merit – of course, it has merit, and power to those women who stand up to being victimized and manipulated, but when a simple playful tune is depicted as a vicious “date rape” song, the movement may be reaching a bit too far.

Granted, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” may be offensive to some people, and if so, in a nation of free citizens, it is their individual right and responsibility to turn the channel on the radio or television or boycott what offends them.  However, there is no reason for them to assume it is my problem as well?   Personally, I see the song as a silly, fun little song written to instill a happy warm feeling and memories of youthful playful banter.  Any interpretation beyond that is going to extremes.  Unfortunately, in our society, finding offense with any and everything has become common practice, and there appears to be little relief in sight for the foreseeable future.  The day will come when other classics such as The Grinch, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer” will come under scrutiny and face removal from radio and television for being offensive to someone.  After all, America’s new creed is “If I am offended, you should be offended as well.”

Other Potentially Offensive Classics:

The Grinch:

A delightful story of a mean-spirited green creature who finds the joy of Christmas.  Unfortunately, in our society there are those who might see a darker side.  The offended are likely to see a despicable green creature who has his creepy eye on an innocent little Who child along with numerous other wicked transgressions.  An ASPCA NIGHTMARE, the green goon ties his poor little dog to a mountainous sled and uses a whip to force him to pull the sled to the top of a mountain.  The sinister Grinch also humiliates the poor little dog by tying a reindeer antler on his head.  AND, if that is not enough to rattle offensive genes, he is a glorified villain who impersonates Santa Claus and steals Christmas!   Oh my!  The offensive horror of it all!

Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer:

This is a cute, fun, tongue in cheek Christmas novelty song.  However, you can bet your eggnog, this song is on someone’s offended radar!  There is no way a song about an elderly lady whose family spikes her eggnog, lets her stagger home drunk through the snow alone, and does not bother to check on her until the next morning isn’t on someone’s offended list!  Did the family care she had “Claus marks” on her neck, or were they in on the dirty deed with Santa?  If that isn’t enough to get the offended juices flowing, Grandpa should really ring someone’s bell!  Instead of mourning poor Grandma, Grandpa chugs beer, gambles, and watches football on television.  If that is not enough dysfunction in one family to set the offended meter squawking, how about the part where the songwriter suggests Santa shouldn’t play with elves?  That is blatant discrimination against little and short people!  The “League against the Belittlement of Elves, Dwarfs, Fairies, and Short People” (LBEDFSP) are overdue to jump all over this offensive gem!

AND, let us not forget the most offensive child’s story of all time . . . .

 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs:

This Disney fairytale tells the story of good (Snow White) triumphing over evil (the wicked queen).  However, this is exactly the kind of story those who carry the offended torch love to assassinate.  If a classic song such as “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” wobbles touchy-feely orbs, then the story of Snow White has got to be on an offended list somewhere.  A young girl living in the same house and sleeping in the same room with seven little men must have someone’s “let’s find something to be stupid about” radar spinning.  After all, the dwarfs are sexists and guilty of slave labor; Snow White cleans their house and mends their clothes.  How can anyone argue a story about a young girl living in sin with seven men (little or otherwise), gets drugged, and wakes up to find her prince charming is anything but a sexist date rape story!  How can anyone not be offended by Disney?  God save America from such perversion!

All this might make a person want to swear off eggnog and join a convent, but as for me, I say, “Dang!  BABY, IT’S COLD OUTSIDE!”

JL

©Jack Linton, December 15, 2018

The Magic of Believing in Who We are and What We Stand for

The night before Americans sat down to watch Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade and gather around the table for turkey and dressing, I stood in the center of Main Street in Disney’s Magic Kingdom watching the breathtaking splendor of lasers, lights, and fireworks. The sea of electronic devices, held high above the heads of onlookers trying to capture the moment, gave testimony to the prosperity of those in attendance.  However, what awed me most about the scene was the freedom of so many to participate in a gathering that in some places in the world would still be forbidden or at least closely monitored. Thankfully, that is not the case in America where such a simple freedom as packing and escaping on a family holiday anytime we choose is commonplace.  Unfortunately, such freedoms are often taken for granted. We are so accustomed to living our lives with few restrictions that we sometimes forget that for many people in the world such freedoms are only a wish upon a star.

Although we have much to be thankful for in America, Americans are often guilty of running around like Chicken Little crying the sky is falling. We sometimes forget that regardless of real or perceived problems, America is an exceptional place to live. The celebration on Main Street, Disney reminded me that being an American is truly special and should not be taken lightly. But, too often, we lend an ear to politicians, the news media, conspiracy believers, and yes, even some preachers spouting scare tactics about the decline of America and how bad things are in our country. We forget they are respectively looking for votes, looking to expand their following, looking to give justification for their existence, and looking to fill the pews on Sunday.  Let’s face reality; the credibility and survival of each of these groups depends on the attention they solicit to their cause. Negatively slanted news and talk of America’s decline are great recruiting tools for each of these groups.  It is unfortunate, but in America, bad news sells, spurs action, and generates interest to a much higher degree than good news.

In contrast, Disney World is a place of never ending joy. It is a place where people can temporarily lay the negatives aside and believe all is positive and good. It is a place where the ability to BELIEVE is the key to the universe. Believing is at the center of Disney’s success, and as I stood watching the fireworks, it occurred to me that “believing” is also at the core to America’s success and prosperity. Beginning with Walt Disney and continuing today, the Disney nation is built on one simple word – BELIEVE. That simple word has built, nurtured, and maintained the greatest entertainment mega giant in the history of the world, and like Disney, that same simple word has also been the key to building the greatest nation the world has ever known – The United States of America.

Our forefathers dared to BELIEVE in freedom and their right to pursue happiness and liberty from an oppressive government, but most of all they dared to BELIEVE all men are created equal in the eyes of God. Lately however, Americans seem to have forgotten how to BELIEVE. Instead of believing in our country, it seems many Americans would rather wallow in degrading and blemishing our nation than believe and celebrate the many blessings that have been bestowed on our country. Sure, there are issues that need to be addressed, but to lump them all into one damning pot characterizing America as a “has been” is absolutely crazy. Even with our problems, America still stands heads and shoulders above any other country in the world.

Our biggest problem is that as a nation, we are spoiled. We are so spoiled by the freedom to say, do, and believe as we please that sometimes we take those freedoms for granted. Instead of being thankful and appreciative of the sacrifices that have been made to ensure those rights, we take on an air of entitlement. At times, we are even guilty of taking the sweat on our brows and the dirt under our fingernails for granted; we forget that a right as simple as providing for our families is not a protected right in many parts of the world. Like a spoiled child, we often overlook how good we really have it in The United States.

Being spoiled is a sign of prosperity, but even the spoiled must sometimes take a moment to be thankful for their buttered bread. As Americans, our bread has been buttered abundantly as was evident in the streets of Disney World this past Wednesday night. Our freedoms and privileges were even more apparent Thanksgiving Day as millions of Americans gathered to celebrate their blessings with family amid overloads of turkey and dressing. In this Thanksgiving season, we need to take a moment to thank God for our many blessings. It is time to take a break from bellyaching about our country and be thankful for the privilege to live here and be called Americans. Our founding fathers as well as visionaries such as Walt Disney knew there was magic in believing in who we are and what we stand for, and that without believing the magic soon fades away. It is time we put the magic back into America. It is time to be PROUD and BELIEVE in America once again!

May each of you have a joyous Thanksgiving season, and a glorious Christmas to come!

JL

©Jack Linton, PhD   November 29, 2015