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‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’ Remake Sparks Conversation on Consent

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If you've ever really listened to the lyrics of the Christmas classic “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” you’ve probably noticed that while sounding like a flirty back-and-forth between a man and a woman, the dude in the song is pushy AF.

She keeps saying she’s “got to go way” and he’s all, “Baby, it’s cold outside.” Oh sure, on the surface he’s telling her not to go because it’s cold outside, but we all know why he really wants her to stay, right? And even though she seems to be into him too, let her go already because she keeps telling you in all kinds of different ways that she needs to go home. If you really care about the woman, then don’t pressure her into doing something that is going to get her in trouble.

Fans of the original song say it’s a playful exchange between two people who are smitten with each other, but when listened to with a critical ear influenced by current events, some of the lyrics are undeniably questionable. Enter the 20something couple from Minnesota who decided to change the lyrics to highlight the importance of consent.

Lydia Liza and Josiah Lemanski have always had a distaste for the song.

"I've always had a big problem with the song. It's so aggressive and inappropriate," Lemanski, 25, told CNN. Liza, 22, felt the same, so the couple took it upon themselves to rewrite the ditty. "We wrote the whole thing in an hour and then we went back and used my little demo-recording microphone and did that in 15 minutes," Liza says.

They uploaded their “It’s Cold Outside” remake to SoundCloud, and clearly it has struck a chord because it’s been listened to 400,000 times and counting.

Although they're getting tons of support and garnering much praise for their updated lyrics, they're also getting major slack from folks who think this is another example of PC propaganda run amuck. (Insert eye roll here.)

Here’s the thing: All they did is rework a song that they weren’t cool with in an effort to highlight an issue that is important to them—consent. They're not calling for a ban on the original, so if you love the original, go on with your bad self and listen to it. If you hate the version by Liza and Lemanski, they are well aware that “you reserve the right to say no” and not listen to it.

As a parent, I appreciate that Lemanski and Liza helped create a conversation starter. Listening to the new version with our children is a great way to bring up consent issues, and how can that be a bad thing?

Press play to listen.

“It’s Cold Outside” lyrics by Lydia Liza and Josiah Lemanski

I really can't stay/Baby I'm fine with that

I've got to go away/Baby I'm cool with that

This evening has been/I’m hoping you get home safe

So very nice/I'm glad you had a real good time

My mother will start to worry/Call her so she knows that you're coming

Father will be pacing the floor/Better get your car a-humming

So really I'd better scurry/No rush.

Should I use the front or back door?/Which one are you pulling towards more?

The neighbors might think/That you're a real nice girl

What is this drink?/Pomegranate La Croix

I wish I knew how/Maybe I’ll help you out

To break this spell/I don't know what you're talking about

I ought to say no, no, no/you reserve the right to say no

At least I'm gonna say that I tried/you reserve the right to say no

I really can't stay/Well you don't have to

Ah, but it's cold outside

I've got to get home/Do you know how to get there from here

Say, where is my coat/I'll go and grab it my dear

You've really been grand/We'll have to do this again

Yes,I agree/How 'bout the Cheesecake Factory?

We're bound to be talking tomorrow/Text me at your earliest convenience

At least I have been getting that vibe/Unless I catch pneumonia and die

I'll be on my way/Thanks for the great night

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