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Baby, It’s Psycho Outside!

I have to admit, I have been on my own personal bandwagon lately, with the controversy of a an old Christmas song, “Baby It’s Cold Outside”. Canadian Radio stations are banning the song, due to it’s sexist nature, and the #metoo movement. Typically, I am a “live and let live” kind of person, and know what MY beliefs and ethics are. This controversy, however, has me setting up my own personal soapbox.

Full disclosure, I am not even a huge fan of the song, but it has a legacy factor, and has been a classic during the holidays since 1945. It was written during troubling times, in 1944, by a fellow name Frank Loesser. He and his wife used to perform the song while entertaining at Christmas parties.

I wrote this article about the history of banning iconic characters and the legacies of the past:

Before I get to the real point of this article, I would like to share the lyrics from one of today’s Chart Toppers. It’s a catchy song, however, after listening closely, I had a moment of clarity, and a sickened realization of how hypocritical our world is becoming. Without further ado, I give you, “Psycho” by Post Malone :

Psycho by Post Malone

Damn, my AP goin’ psycho, lil’ mama bad like Michael
Can’t really trust nobody with all this jewelry on you
My roof look like a no-show, got diamonds by the boatload
Come with the Tony Romo for clowns and all the bozos
My AP goin’ psycho, lil’ mama bad like Michael
Can’t really trust nobody with all this jewelry on you
My roof look like a no-show, got diamonds by the boatload
Don’t act like you my friend when I’m rollin’ through my ends, though

You stuck in the friend zone, I tell that four-five the fifth, ay
Hunnid bands inside my shorts, DeChino the shit, ay
Try to stuff it all in, but it don’t even fit, ay
Know that I been with the shits ever since a jit, ay
I made my first million, I’m like, “Shit, this is it, “ ay
30 for a walkthrough, man, we had that bitch lit, ay
Had so many bottles, gave ugly girl a sip
Out the window of the Benzo, we get seen in the rent’
And I’m like “Whoa, man, my neck so goddamn cold”
Diamonds weigh, my teeths is sore
I got homies, let it blow, oh
My money thick, won’t ever fold
She said, “Can I have some to hold?”
And I can’t ever tell you no

Damn, my AP goin’ psycho, lil’ mama bad like Michael
Can’t really trust nobody with all this jewelry on you
My roof look like a no-show, got diamonds by the boatload
Come with the Tony Romo for clowns and all the bozos
My AP goin’ psycho, lil’ mama bad like Michael
Can’t really trust nobody with all this jewelry on you
My roof look like a no-show, got diamonds by the boatload
Don’t act like you my friend when I’m rollin’ through my ends, though

The AP goin’ psycho, my Rollie goin’ brazy
I’m hittin’ lil’ mama, she wanna have my babies
It’s fifty on the pinky, chain so stanky
You should see the whip, promise I can take yo bitch
Dolla ridin’ in an old school Chevy, it’s a drop top
Boolin’ with a thot-thot, she gon’ give me top-top
Just one switch, I can make the ass drop (hey)
Uh, take you to the smoke shop
We gon’ get high, ay, we gon’ hit Rodeo
Dial up Valentino, we gon’ hit Pico
Take you where I’m from, take you to the slums
This ain’t happen overnight, no, these diamonds real bright
Saint Laurent jeans, still in my Vans though
All VVSs, put you in a necklace
Girl, you look beautiful tonight
Stars on the roof, they matching with the jewelry

Damn, my AP goin’ psycho, lil’ mama bad like Michael
Can’t really trust nobody with all this jewelry on you
My roof look like a no-show, got diamonds by the boatload
Come with the Tony Romo for clowns and all the bozos
My AP goin’ psycho, lil’ mama bad like Michael
Can’t really trust nobody with all this jewelry on you
My roof look like a no-show, got diamonds by the boatload
Don’t act like you my friend when I’m rollin’ through my ends, though

Songwriters: Austin Richard Post / Carl Austin Rosen / Louis Russell Bell / Tyrone William Griffin

Psycho lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

THIS is a Chart topper right now all over the world. It is currently Number 1 in the UK.

So, here is where I ask the question, that no one else seems to ask…WHY?

Why is This an example of a current hit song, yet “Baby It’s Cold Outside”, which has been around longer than many of us have been alive, is being banned!

I am NOT saying that Post Malone’s song should be banned, or that there is anything WRONG with playing it. Like I said, “Live and Let Live”, “To Each Their Own”, but why is there such a LINE between music like this versus a holiday classic?

I am happy that Post Malone is succeeding in his career as an artist, just as I am content with hearing classic Christmas music being piped while I shop, or playing quietly in the house while I wrap gifts, even if the music IS controversial.

Yet, a quaint, war era song, is a HUGE issue!

Why is it okay listen to songs about “the other” women who are Psycho and blatant drug deals, than a simplistic classic, that has been crooned by numerous artists, including Michael Bubble’?

Why is it okay to rap/sing about “the other woman” and how crazy she is? Yet, a Christmas song from a war torn era, about a persuasive man trying to “hook up” is so wrong. We can read what we want to in song lyrics. People have alluded to the fact that it sounds like “Date Rape”, in “Baby It’s Cold Outside”, yet in our culture, you can’t put your drink down in a bar, without fearing it will get roofied.

AP refers to “affair partner” and “hittin little mama, she wants to have my babies” could be taken many ways. I’ll let you decipher the rest .

Our society needs to give their collective head a shake and face the issues of our future, embrace our past, learn from our human errors, and move forward. Controversies over the past will not help our future. Dealing with NOW and helping our children to be tolerant, strong, caring and kind humble humans, is what needs to be done.

This over sensitive culture and labeling all of the wrong doings from past legacies and events needs to stop already. The era has passed, where women were the inferior sex. Women are strong human beings with brilliant minds and drive. It’s about time the world stopped searching for reasons to correct mistakes from our previous eras, and find ways to strengthen our future. By banning and erasing past controversies, all we are doing is sweeping them under the rug, and making ourselves look weaker, rather than stronger. We have worked hard for our voices and to become leaders and to be powerful.

If an innocent little Christmas song can evoke such an outrage that it is being stripped from our traditions, yet chart toppers such as “Psycho” are overplayed on millions of radio stations, I think our world has much bigger problems than we all realize.

I think I am just going to stay in my house, and turn off the radio, cause Baby, It’s Psycho Outside.

Idina Menzel & Michael Bublé — Baby It’s Cold Outside — YouTube

Writer of relationships / early childhood and mental health . Poetry and fiction dabbler

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