Halleujah. A couple rewrote the lyrics to the uber-creepy holiday song “Baby It’s Cold Outside” so it’s about consent instead of sexual assault. That means if, like me, you enjoy how the song sounds but can’t stomach the awful lyrics, you now have the option of enjoying the song without being totally skeezed out.
This year’s holiday music heroes, Lydia Liza and Josiah Lemanski of Minnesota, only worked on this much-needed rendition of the song for an hour and fifteen minutes.
“We started thinking of the open-ended questions that song has,” Liza told CNN. “You never figure out if she gets to go home. You never figure out if there was something in her drink. It just leaves you with a bad taste in your mouth.”
In her version, the question of what’s in the drink is answered: Pomegranate La Croix.
Liza explained to CNN the issues raised in the song hit close to home. “And emphasizing consent is one of the causes that I’ve always really been behind because I don’t think I can think of one friend of mine who’s a woman who hasn’t been in dangerous situations with men. I’ve always cared about this so much.” In an interview with the Daily Mail, she described the original as “rapey.”