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Should this Christmas song have been removed from a Cleveland radio station?

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Posted at 11:35 AM, Nov 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-30 11:35:57-05

It's a Christmas song you hear on repeat during the holidays, but on one local radio station, that song will disappear from the airwaves.

Star 102 announced Tuesday that the station will no longer play "Baby It's Cold Outside" because it's no longer appropriate, according to post on the radio's site.

These are the original lyrics from the 1940s tune:

I really can't stay - Baby it's cold outside
I've got to go away - Baby it's cold outside
This evening has been - Been hoping that you'd drop in
So very nice - I'll hold your hands, they're just like ice

My mother will start to worry - Beautiful, what's your hurry?
Father will be pacing the floor - Listen to the fireplace roar
So really I'd better scurry - Beautiful, please don't hurry
Maybe just a half a drink more - Put some records on while I pour

The neighbors might think - Baby, it's bad out there
Say, what's in this drink? - No cabs to be had out there
I wish I knew how - Your eyes are like starlight now
To break this spell - I'll take your hat, your hair looks swell

I ought to say no, no, no - Mind if I move in closer?
At least I'm gonna say that I tried - What's the sense in hurting my pride?
I really can't stay - Baby don't hold out
Ah, but it's cold outside

I've got to get home - Oh, baby, you'll freeze out there
Say, lend me your coat - It's up to your knees out there
You've really been grand - Thrill when you touch my hand
Why don't you see - How can you do this thing to me?

There's bound to be talk tomorrow - Think of my life long sorrow
At least there will be plenty implied - If you caught pneumonia and died
I really can't stay - Get over that hold out
Ah, but it's cold outside

The abrupt halt of the song comes amid the growing support of the #MeToo movement, which has given women a platform and a supportive environment to voice their experiences of sexual assault.

The song became popular when it was featured in the 1949 film Neptune's Daughter. The scene when the song plays chronicle's a couple's verbal argument as Ricardo Montalban tries to get Esther Williams to stay as she attempts to leave.

When the song first came out, it was seen as empowering women. Today, the song is a reminder of what consent means in the era of the #MeToo movement.

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