SALT LAKE CITY — It’s time to consider the Christmas caroler.
What’s going on: Christmas carolers have faced an ethical dilemma this year because of the controversy surrounding “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” Critics have hounded the song this year, saying its lyrics don’t work well in the era of the #MeToo movement.
- Carolers remain confused about whether or not to sing the song, ABC News reports.
- "In the fall we started discussing, 'Should we still sing it?' We know we get a positive reaction to it. For many people it’s a beloved song," said Topher Lengerich, an artistic director for the chorus group Songful Artists, according to ABC News.
Timeline: Radio stations have put their own stamp on the song. A station in Ohio banned the song for the holiday season.
- Other radio stations followed.
- Susan Loesser, Deana Martin and William Shatner shared their opinions.
- Listeners of a radio station in California voted to put the song back on the air.
- Some radio stations brought it back.
- A lacrosse team sang it during halftime.
- The song has climbed the Billboard charts.
- One Kentucky station played the song on repeat this last Sunday.
Caroling: Caroling presents a different issue, though, since live feedback comes from the audience.8 comments on this story
"'So how do you read the room?' is really what we ask ourselves. We want to be sensitive and, certainly, we don’t want to be triggering. We want to honor people who love and get a lot of joy out of the song, and we also want to respect people who may not want to hear the song," Lengerich told ABC News.
Solutions: The group decided to tweak the lyrics. They changed “Say, what’s in this drink?” to “Say, I like this drink.”
Related: Our own Jay Evensen wrote his own "noncontroversial rewrite” of the song related to Utah’s bad air.