Dean Martin’s daughter, Deana Martin, slammed critics of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” and said she will continue to perform the song despite recent backlash.
“I do realize that when the song was written in 1944, it was a different time, but now, while reading it, it seems very manipulative and wrong,” Glenn Anderson of Cleveland’s WDOK said. “The world we live in is extra sensitive now, and people get easily offended, but in a world where #MeToo has finally given women the voice they deserve, the song has no place.”
Deana Martin said in a Monday interview on Fox News, however, that the song is intended to be flirty and sexy — not offensive.
“There’s nothing bad about that song. And it just breaks my heart and I know my dad would be going insane right now … He would say, what’s the matter with you? You know, get over it. It’s just a fun song,” Martin said. (RELATED: Melania Trump Dazzles With White House Christmas Decorations)
“I was absolutely flabbergasted,” Martin said about the backlash the song has received. “It’s just insane. When I heard it and I said, this can’t possibly be. You know, it’s a sweet, flirty, fun, holiday song that, well, it’s been around for 50 years.”
Martin added that she would never consider changing the lyrics and that it is “breaking her heart” that people would twist the innocent meaning of the song into something so sinister.