Dean Martin’s Christmas classic “Baby It’s Cold Outside” is played nonstop during the holidays. Heading to the mall for Christmas shopping and you can be sure to expect to hear the iconic hit. Artist John Legend has ruffled a few feathers after he announced that he and Kelly Clarkson would be remaking the song for a new generation.
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“You do not change the lyrics to the song,” Dean Martin’s daughter Deana told Good Morning Britain. “He’s made it more sexual with those words that he has just said. It’s absolutely absurd.”
“I think what he’s done is, he’s stealing the thunder from Frank Loesser’s song and from my dad,” she added. “He should write his own song if he doesn’t like this one, but don’t change the lyrics. It’s a classic, perfect song.”
Legend told Vanity Fair that the remaking of the 1959 song would feature a more “woke” mindset that includes pro-feminist lyrics.
The remade song was released on November 8 with controversy continuing to spread around it. Some excerpts from the changed portion of the song include, “What will my friends think?” with Clarkson replying: “I think they should rejoice.”
One of the stout differences between the two versions is when Clarkson asked Legend: “What if I have one more drink?” Legend sings back: “It’s your body and your choice.”
The Martin estate wasn’t the only one disapproving of the song being recreated. Ozzy Osbourne’s wife Sharon expressed her disdain in the remade song.
“To change an innocent lyric, to what is it, ‘Your mind and your body’? What the hell are you on? That’s ridiculous,” Osbourne said. “I have to tell you, I love John Legend. I love John Legend’s wife, his family. He’s an amazing artist that I really respect. Why do you do this? That’s not right.”
Deana took a moment of publicity to thank all of those who supported her father’s song when the #MeToo movement was trying to get it taken down for being offensive, the Daily Wire reported.
“I’d like to thank everyone for helping bring my father Dean Martin’s original version of ‘Baby’s It’s Cold Outside’ back to the top of the Billboard charts in 2018,” she told the outlet. “Dean’s song is included in his hugely successful 1959 album ‘Winter Romance,’ and I’m very proud that it has become an evergreen favorite that is played every holiday season.”