Funny or Die Acts Out Disturbingly Real Version of 'Baby, It's Cold Outside'

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The classic holiday song, “Baby It’s Cold Outside” has been criticized in recent years for its disturbing lyrics depicting predatory dialogue between a man and the woman he keeps from trying to leave his house. In a new short from Funny or Die, Scott Aukerman and Casey Wilson perform an honest rendition of the song that is both funny and unsettling. The original lyrics were presumably thought of as “cheeky” in 1944, but now sound incredibly creepy, especially when you watch Aukerman and Wilson act them out onscreen.

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One part of the video shows Aukerman slipping something into Wilson’s glass as she keeps trying to leave, and another where he drags her across the floor and ties her up with duct tape. Since having been written by Frank Loesser in 1944, the song has been covered by numerous famous acts. One of the first public performances of the tune was by Rock Hudson and Mae West at the 1957 Academy Awards, and in decades since, has been sung by everyone from the likes of Ray Charles and Dionne Warwick to Bette Midler and James Caan, and more recently, She & Him, and Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett.

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To see how different the interpretations of the song are from the old days and now, watch this clip of Mae West and Rock Hudson after viewing the one from Funny or Die.


Contact the author at marie.lodi@jezebel.com.

Screenshot from Funny or Die.

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Someone on Twitter recently (I wish I could remember who) pointed out that, the way it was originally written and performed, what this song is really about is a woman who wants to buck social norms of propriety and stay with him but feels pressured to leave so she doesn’t suffer social consequences and stigma. And that the date rape friendly line “what’s in this drink” meant something different in the 40s (mainly, his is delicious what are the ingredients).

The Rock Hudson Mae West performance really emphasizes that idea.

Regardless, it’s still tied with Winter Wonderland as the best classic Christmas song.