Critics say the lyrics from 1944 describe a date rape scenario
But now it's being reinterpreted by listeners who are hearing more than just an innocently flirtatious Christmas song, reports CBS News correspondent Jamie Yuccas.
(No cabs to be had out there)" When San Francisco radio station KOIT started playing the song as part of its Christmas music format, they were overwhelmed by listener complaints.
"The Me Too movement has changed the way that we look at content and lyrics of songs," Figula said.
"I'm sure that this was not the first time people have listened to 'Baby, It's Cold Outside, and thought, 'Ooh, that sounds a little coercive,'" said Ange-Marie Hancock Alfaro, chair of the USC gender studies department.
According to Hancock Alfaro, the current controversy is part of a growing cultural shift in how some classic songs and films are now viewed.