Audra McDonald & Stephen Colbert sing Baby, It’s Cold Outside
Filed under: THINGS THAT ARE PERFECT AND LOVELY
Colbert’s coming in way too early in the first verse but good heavens, Audra is doing everything right and then some.
I love this song. I keep meaning to do a thing about how irritated I was by (last year’s?) “OMG this song is rape culture!” meme that was going around … but all I’m gonna say for the moment is that you need to be thinking about what your mothers and grandmothers and foremothers had to do just to get some now and then, and how some of that might have been by playing this game. I do think it’s a game:
“I ought to say no, no, no sir … at least I’m gonna say that I tried.”
I’m like “oh, haven’t we all been there, though.”
Other than “say, what’s in this drink?” I don’t think a line of this, sung right, sounds like the woman is horrified or appalled by what’s going on; it’s a dance she has to do to get what she wants and to survive. I want that respected because I want survival respected, even/especially when the circumstances aren’t ideal. That’s how most survival goes. Circumstances are rarely ideal.
Also, there’s a Dean Martin version of this that does me in every time. It’s on every Christmas mix I ever make. If ANYONE could talk me into lingering a bit longer—Lord, that guy.