“So cringe-inducing — you can’t stop watching.”
A family of YouTube stars premiered their version of the Christmas classic “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” this week and replaced the original’s purportedly misogynistic lyrics with feminist-friendly language.
The Holderness Family, viral video stars with millions of followers on social media, shared their remake of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” to YouTube on Monday.
As of publication, the video has a whopping 50 million views on Facebook alone.
In the wake of the #MeToo movement, the original tune has drawn accusations that it promotes misogyny and even rape culture.
While many commenters on social media praised The Holderness Family’s rendition, critics lamented the fact that “Baby, It’s Cold Outside’s” lyrics necessitated such a reaction.
“I truly have to laugh when people are offended by this song and others such as Rudolph the red nose reindeer,” wrote one Facebook user. “I think people are just trying to find an excuse to be offended by anything anymore.”
A 2016 cover of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” by songwriters Lydia Liza and Josiah Lemanski was widely mocked on social media recently.
Liza and Lemanski “revised the lyrics to emphasize the importance of consent in sexual relationships, but they didn’t expect the song to go viral,” a feat that caused cultural commentator Christina Hoff Sommers to describe their “Baby It’s Cold Outside” rendition as, “So cringe-inducing — you can’t stop watching.”
Alert! A responsible rewrite of “Baby It’s Cold Outside.” So cringe-inducing—you can’t stop watching. https://t.co/TmN03AXLyN
— Christina Sommers (@CHSommers) December 11, 2018
The controversy over “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” reveals the tensions between, on the one hand, many liberals concerned with misogynistic oppression promoted by antiquated views of women and, on the other hand, conservatives concerned with the excesses of politically correct orthodoxy that is hellbent on finding offenses, even amongst seemingly innocuous cultural totems.