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The debate on "Baby, it's cold outside" has intensified with the MeToo movement, but it's still going well after more than a year.
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After all the controversy over the song "Baby It's Cold Outside" from 1944, John Legend and Kelly Clarkson want to update the song in 2019.

In the November cover story of the Outlet, Legend gave a brief glimpse of some new pieces of music coming out soon with Vanity Fair. He's scheduled an album for 2020, but this winter he's going to release some Christmas songs in "A Legendary Christmas," including a jazzy cover of Donny Hathaway's "This Christmas" and Frank Loesser's "Baby It's Cold Outside."

The latter has become an increasingly controversial song in recent years. The debate centered on the past Christmas season, after a radio station in Cleveland announced it would stop playing the song, and several other channels across the country followed.

Some say the lyrics did not age well after #MeToo, like the woman who said "no, no, no" to the man and asked, "What's in this drink?"

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John Legend and Kelly Clarkson publish an updated version of "Baby Outside It's Cold." [Photo:OwenSweeney/Invision/AngelaWeiss/AFP/GettyImages)

Given the reasons for the uproar, this is a strange choice for a man who was such a vocal preacher to R. Kelly?

"Hold on, wait," Legend said before he and Clarkson explained that they were not exactly singing the original words. The "insecure" writer and actress Natasha Rothwell helped him exchange some of the most questionable lyrics.

According to Vanity Fair, a new verse reads as follows:

Clarkson: "What Will My Friends Think …"

Legend: "I think they should be happy "

Clarkson: " … if I drink something else? "

Legend: " It is your body and your choice. "

After some radio stations decided not to perform the song last year, the daughter of the song's original composer spoke against them Critic, arguing that it was her father Frank Loesser did not have any bad intentions in writing.

"Bill Cosby ruined it for everyone," Susan Loesser, 74, told NBC News in December 2018 when people make it a date Calling Rape Song, I would be annoyed because it's a song my dad wrote for him and my mom to sing at parties, but since Cosby was accused of drugging women, I hear them All the time the rape thing. "

Loesser said her father was" angry "at the radio station's decision.

"I think it would be good if people were watching the song in the context of time," she said. "People used to say 'what's in this drink' as a joke, you know, 'this drink goes straight to my head, what's in that drink? "At the time, that did not mean that you drugged me."

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