'It Has Nothing to Do With' #MeToo: KY Radio Station Plays 'Baby, It's Cold Outside' on Repeat
Christmas hit being 'maligned,' says programming director.
The programming director of a Kentucky radio station is standing by the decision to play "Baby, It's Cold Outside" on repeat during a two-hour marathon on Sunday.
The 1944 song, written by Frank Loesser, has come under fire in recent years, with some complaining that it sends the wrong message about consent in the age of the #MeToo movement.
The Christmas classic made headlines again earlier this season when an Ohio radio station removed the holiday hit from its lineup.
Joe Fedele, director of programming for WAKY in Elizabethtown, said his station did not consider pulling the song and instead played multiple versions of the tune from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sunday.
"We had heard about the controversy and felt that the song was being, I guess you would say, maligned," Fedele said on "Fox & Friends" Tuesday. "It's just a wonderful song of romance. It's a give and take between a man and a woman, and that's all it is. And nothing sinister about it at all."
He said the station has received mostly positive feedback from Sunday's "Baby, It's Cold Outside" marathon.
"I've had calls from people as far away as California saying, 'We appreciate you doing that," Fedele said.
As for the backlash, Fedele said he's a supporter of the #MeToo movement but he doesn't think the song should be considered problematic.
"We support the fact that they're trying to protect women and they're trying to get women out of abusive situations, and I don't think this song has anything to do with that."
Watch the "Fox & Friends" interview above.