You’ve probably heard that some radio stations have “banned” or stopped playing the classic Christmas song “Baby It’s Cold Outside” because of concerns that it perpetuates “rape culture” or because of concerns about consent.
Well, there are a couple of really ridiculous points that are being missed in this entire discussion. First, it is really unlikely that kids are actually listening to “old timey” music like “Baby It’s Cold Outside”. Just saying. So relax, if you are concerned about young minds being presented with conflicting messages about “no means no” and what consent is, don’t worry, kids probably aren’t listening to “Baby It’s Cold Outside.”
Which brings me to the second point; what are kids listening to “these days”?
Me being an “old timer”, I couldn’t say what the kids are listening to. So I asked a bunch of kids; “Hey kids, what are the kids listening to “these days”?
HEADS UP – BE AWARE – DO NOT GOOGLE THE FOLLOWING ARTIST’S NAME AT WORK. THIS IS NOT SAFE FOR WORK. EVEN THOUGH THIS IS WHAT KIDS ARE LISTENING TO.
“scarlxrd” – Apparently “Rap Metal” is a thing. Apparently scarlxrd is what kids are listening to.
Worried about consent? Have a listen to what kids are listening to. I was shocked. Shocked and appalled.
The music that kids are listening to glorifies violence. Glorifies gang life. Drug use. Guns. And violence against women. Sexual assault.
“Baby It’s Cold Outside” is like a baby’s nursery rhyme when compared to the music that kids are listening to now.
I admit that I grew up in the age of punk rock with bands called “The Dead Kennedys” and the “Day Glo Abortions”. At the time, I thought, this stuff will NEVER be topped by ANYTHING. Back in the day we thought that we had NAILED the “in your face offensive music lyrics” and NOBODY will top this stuff.
Compare the lyrics to “Baby It’s Cold Outside” with the music that kids are listening to through their earbuds – society has a problem. (insert picture of old man shaking his fist at clouds here).
And it is not “Baby It’s Cold Outside”.