Dean Martins daughter is weighing in on Kelly Clarkson and John Legends reworked lyricsto the classic holiday track Baby, Its Cold Outside.
Id like to thank everyone for helping bring my father Dean Martins original version of Babys Its Cold Outside back to the top of the Billboard charts in 2018, the 71-year-old told Fox News exclusively. Deans song is included in his hugely successful 1959 album Winter Romance, and Im very proud that it has become an evergreen favorite that is played every holiday season.
I personally love performing Baby Its Cold Outside and will continue to do so, the fellow singer continued. This song is a cute, flirtatious and romantic song written by Frank Loesser in 1944 and it won the Oscar for best original song in the 1949 film Neptunes Daughter. It has been recorded by dozens of the worlds top recording artists for over 60 years. Happy Holidays to all!
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Vanity Fair previously reported Clarkson and Legend are collaborating on the beloved Christmas tune with a twist.
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Clarkson, 37, and Legend, 40, recorded their version of Baby, Its Cold Outside with lyrics reflecting the #MeToo era.
In the tune, which has been covered by many artists since its debut, a female sings: I really cant stay, to which a man responds: But baby, its cold outside. In another part of a song, a woman is heard singing lines like Say whats in this drink?The answer is no and Ive gotta get home.
The #MeToo era put a spotlighton criticism that has simmered for years that the original songs lyrics--in which the woman says nearly a dozen times that she has to leave and the man keeps pressing her to stay--suggestdate rape and perhaps a drink spiked with a drug.
For his version, Legend updated the lyrics with Nathasha Rothwell, who writes and stars in HBOs Insecure.
What will my friends think ... Clarkson sings in the updated version.
I think they should rejoice, Legend says.
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If I have one more drink? Clarkson asks.
Its your body and your choice, Legend responds.
Vanity Fair, which got to hear a sneak peek of the song, said its every bit as fun and swinging as the original, and its newfound sensitivity feels genuine, not performative.
Last November, a Cleveland radio station, WDOK, withdrew the song from its lineup after a listener expressed concern over the standards lyrics.
It wasnt really our decision, WDOK host Desiray told Fox 8 at the time. Its the decision of our listeners.
She continued: People might say, Oh, enough with that #MeToo, but if you really put that aside and listen to the lyrics, its not something I would want my daughter to be in that kind of a situation. The tune might be catchy, but lets maybe not promote that sort of an idea.
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Meanwhile, criticism of the song drew backlash from some, with actor Dennis Quaid saying it was going a little far to call it problematic.
The song will be featured on Legends forthcoming expanded version of A Legendary Christmas: The Deluxe Edition, which will drop on Nov. 8. Clarkson featured the traditional version of the song on her Christmas album Wrapped in Red in 2013.
At the time, Martin announced on Fox Friends she was absolutely flabbergasted about the controversy.
Its just insane. When I heard it, I said, This cant possibly be. You know, its a sweet, flirty, fun holiday song thats been around for 40 years for my dad. He did it in 59. But when I saw it, I tweeted, I think this is crazy. What do you think? And then all of a sudden, it went viral.
Deana explained that like her, many fans of the longtime track were perplexed by the news over the holiday season.
They were saying, This is madness. Weve gone insane now, she explained. Its just a sweet, fun song. Theres nothing bad about it.
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Baby Its Cold Outside has sparked a debate over the years on whether or not its lyrics are problematic.
Deana shared that the two characters are playing along with each other as the male attempts to woo his lady to stay a little longer due to the chilly weather.
Its flirty, its sexy, its sweet theres nothing bad about that song, said Deana. It just breaks my heart.
Deana added her father would quickly respond to the backlash with just as much confusion.
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I know my dad would be going insane right now, she said. He would say, Whats the matter with you? Get over it. Its just a fun song. Cause he was so sweet anyway. He was a great guy. Fun guy. Nice. And he wouldnt want to do anything offensive. That wasnt Dean Martin. So this has just been outrageous.
Despite the backlash, Deana said she does want to better understand why some listeners are offended by Baby Its Cold Outside, especially now.
I think its a moment for us in time to maybe change whats going on, said Deana. I dont know how to do it yet, but Im out there trying to talk to people. It could be a learning moment for all of us.
But as for modifying the lyrics for her audience? Deana added shes perfectly content with the classic.
I dont want to change the lyrics, she said. When she says, Hey, whats in this drink? I dont think shes talking about some pill being put in that drink. Its like, Is this punch? You know, whats in this drink? Is it vodka? It was nice. Its just breaking my heart that people would turn that around.
This PC is driving me nuts. You gotta sit back and relax. Have a good time. Its OK. People gotta have a sense of humor about themselves. I understand the #MeToo movement and everything. Im all for that. But this? We gotta relax and have fun again.
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Fox News Nate Day contributed to this report.B: