We won’t have to endure another holiday season that includes arguments over the vintage Christmas song, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” A new version of the song is on the way, and it’ll focus on themes of proper consent.
The Huffington Post reports that John Legend and Kelly Clarkson will sing a revamped version of the holiday classic, with new lyrics written by Insecure‘s Natasha Rothwell. Legend mentioned the new song in this week’s Vanity Fair cover story. The song will be one of several new Christmas songs he’s releasing this year. According to Vanity Fair’s Karen Valby, “The song’s every bit as fun and swinging as the original, and its newfound sensitivity feels genuine, not performative.”
The new version of the song could be seen as a salve for many who have been torn about the song’s lyrics, which are questionable in light of the #MeToo era. The song seemingly showcases a man trying to force a woman into sexual relations by refusing to let her leave his home, with such lyrics as “Say, what’s in this drink?” (from the woman) and “What’s the sense in hurting my pride?” (from the man).
The updated version will provide folks who grew up with the original version of the song a safe alternative to sing along to without putting them in conflict with their conscience.
Legend and Clarkson can be seen on NBC’s The Voice, which airs Mondays and Tuesdays 8 pm ET/7 pm CT.
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