“Baby It’s Cold Outside” gets a tap dance twist

Broadway stars Laura Osnes and Christopher Rice pay homage to classic MGM films in this holiday performance.

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  1. agies says:

    Too bad this song is creepy in the worst way.

  2. Not this crap again.

    If you actually listen to the song, the actual lyrics, not spoofs or inferences, and view it through the lens of context of when it was written and performed, it's clearly two people who BOTH want the same thing, but the woman is conflicted between her own desires and the expectations of society and close family. She is clearly looking for a rational to get what she wants, without incurring the social penalties for doing so that would have been nearly automatic in that time and place.

    Yet another example of why you can't take a cultural artifact out of the general context of the culture it existed in, and subject it to analysis outside that context and expect to find any kind of meaningful result.

  3. In other words, no doesn't necessarily mean no.

  4. It could well be my male bias, but I always read this song as a bit of mutual flirtation, with both parties knowing the game they're playing. After all, the man's arguments are too lame to really persuade anyone..

    Right after that she says:

    I ought to say, no, no, no sir
    At least I'm gonna say that I tried

    She knows what society expects of her.

    Here's a different take on the song, in the response to this tweet

    Quote: "So it’s not actually a song about rape - in fact it’s a song about a woman finding a way to exercise sexual agency in a patriarchal society designed to stop her from doing so. But it’s also, at the same time, one of the best illustrations of rape culture that pop culture has ever produced. It’s a song about a society where women aren’t allowed to say yes…which happens to mean it’s also a society where women don’t have a clear and unambiguous way to say no."

    This blog

    sort of agrees, but concludes,
    "The counterpoint, of course, is that the historical context doesn’t matter. That perception is reality. That the song propagates the blurring of the word “no,” regardless of its original intention."

  5. Baby, it's cold outside...

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