LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Christmas carols aren’t politically correct

Radio ban of Baby, It’s Cold Outside overstepping grounds of common sense, says letter writer

To the editor,

Re: Radio station pulls Baby It’s Cold Outside, citing Me Too movement, Dec. 1.

Baby It’s Cold Outside won the Oscar for Best Original Song in 1949, and instantly became a Christmas favourite. Now its lyrics have been declared persona non grata by the Me Too movement, and disc jockeys at many radio stations will not be playing it this year.

So many of us support the brave women who exposed the likes of Harvey Weinstein for his use of Hollywood’s ‘casting couch,’ and many other women who followed suit to stop abuse and intimidation in their own work environment. Yet somehow, to pick on this Christmas classic gives raise to the question asked when so many Me Too cases first came into play, namely: Where does all this political correctness end?

RELATED: Radio station pulls Baby It’s Cold Outside, citing MeToo movement

RELATED: Baby, It’s Cold Outside yanked from some Canadian radio stations

It’s also grossly unfair to pick on one song over another, so here’s a quick scan of likely violators of yuletide political correctness. Obviously, there’s White Christmas, enough said. The People for Ethical Treatment of Animals should definitely be offended by an animal’s abnormality being exploited by Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. Andy Williams may be rolling in his grave right now to think that his iconic “It’s the most wonderful time of the year” may be interpreted as an ode to cold climes that ignores the glory of summer, to the detriment of environmentalists and climate change experts who lurk in every shadow these days.

Those are a few examples off the top of my head, tongue firmly planted in cheek of course, but there must be so many more offending lines in Christmas songs, as producing them has turned into an industry of its own. This Me Too radio ban definitely seems to be overstepping the mark of common sense, in an era where radio stations freely play songs with violent and sexually charged rap lyrics year-round.

Feliz navidad, prospero ano y felicidad, to all at the newspaper and to all your readers.

Bernie Smith, Parksville


The views and opinions expressed in this letter to the editor are those of the writer and do not reflect the views of Black Press or the Nanaimo News Bulletin. If you have a different view, we encourage you to write to us or contribute to the discussion below.

Just Posted

Couple collecting empties for VIU scholarships can’t pick up cans on campus anymore

Parmars have been picking up cans for 12 years; university now enforcing safety policy

Gogo’s tree farm celebrates 90th year of growing Christmas trees

Gogo Christmas tree farm has grown Christmas trees since 1929 and started U-cut business in 1984

Nanaimo’s November was much drier than normal

Region got less than one-third normal rainfall for month and 2019 trending toward driest in 10 years

Raise the curtains: New outdoor theatre coming to Parksville

A $204,000 boost comes from Island Coastal Economic Trust

VIU scholarships created in honour of grad who died in plane crash

Awards related to indigenous studies and the environment will be offered in memory of Micah Messent

Gogo’s tree farm celebrates 90th year of growing Christmas trees

Gogo Christmas tree farm has grown Christmas trees since 1929 and started U-cut business in 1984

B.C.-born hockey official talks to IIHF about switching European rule book to NHL rules

Rob Shick will represent NHL at 4th World Hockey Forum in Russia

Miller nets winner as Canucks edge Sabres 6-5 in OT

Roussel, Leivo tally two apiece for Vancouver

‘Norovirus-like’ outbreak interrupts Bantam hockey showcase in Greater Victoria

Several athletes were sent home, quarantined on the ferry

Nanaimo Clippers holding Teddy Bear Toss

BCHL team has pair of home games this weekend, including charity event Saturday, Dec. 7

$578: that’s how much your first distracted driving ticket will cost with recent premium hikes

Over 50 per cent of Canadians admitted to using phone while driving last year, according to study

Coins can add up to a merrier Christmas for kids

News Bulletin’s Coins for Kids campaign now underway

Beefs & Bouquets, Dec. 5

To submit a beef or a bouquet to the Nanaimo News Bulletin, e-mail bulletinboard@nanaimobulletin.com

Kelowna man attempts to steal bait bike from RCMP parking lot

38-year-old Brian Richard Harbison is facing several charges

Most Read