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A Christmas classic song heard for three-quarters of a century now has fallen victim to 21st-century political correctness and the #MeToo movement.
While “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” has been targeted for promoting date rape, ironically, its early 20th-century beginning so enraged Islamist Sayyid Qutb, it became an unintentional trigger for today’s war on terrorism and the attacks of 9/11.
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A Cleveland radio station just announced it will no longer play the song as part of its around-the-clock rotation of holiday music. The song’s storyline involves a male singer endeavoring to entice a reluctant woman to spend the night, using the cold weather as an excuse. Lyrics such as “Baby, don’t hold out” are deemed inappropriate although, compared to numerous rap songs played year round, they are rather tame.
While it is doubtful the song would prompt 21st-century American males to go out and commit sexual assault, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” does have a dark past – the unforeseen consequence of good intentions by a Midwestern American community seeking to create an atmosphere of inclusivity for Qutb. Qutb’s strong fundamentalist Islamic beliefs caused him to put a much different focus on what was offered him in a gesture of friendship.
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Qutb was an Egyptian educator who arrived in Greeley, Colorado, in 1948, at age 42, to study America’s educational system. Greeley was a small, religiously conservative town which, consistent with Muslim beliefs, prohibited alcohol. Reclusive Qutb – a lifetime bachelor – was invited to a church social to welcome him to the community. After dinner, the lights were turned down low and dancing music played for the young people. But when the then-popular song “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” played and dancers cozied up to their partners, Qutb wrote, he became enraged.
Qutb would later describe what he witnessed at the church social as follows:
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The dance hall...
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