Willow Smith Argues with Dad Will Over 'Baby It's Cold Outside': There Are 'Red Flags' in Song
Even the holiday season won’t prevent the Smith family from getting super honest with one another.
On Saturday, Will Smith, 50, posted a YouTube clip of his family celebrating Christmas at home — including 47-year-old wife Jada Pinkett Smith‘s decorations, which he describes as “too much,” and footage of the actor forcing his kids to “get into the Christmas spirit whether you like it or not.” In the home video, the father of three also debates the lyrics of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” with his daughter, Willow.
The enduring classic has raised eyebrows in recent years because of lines like, “Say, what’s in this drink?” uttered by the female part and a back-and-forth where a man tries to convince her to stay the night despite her continued protests — “I really can’t,” and “The answer is no.”
It’s all part of the argument made by Willow, 18, who refuses to sing the song because “it sounds like a bad night.”
Then she and her father start reading parts of it out loud and breaking it down line by line. Willow says “the first red flag” is the section where the man responds to the woman’s request to leave with, “Baby, it’s cold outside,” and her father yells in response, “Why?!” Willow then quips back that it’s “sus,” slang for “suspicious.”
Next, Will insists that the woman is “contradicting herself” all the way through, and Willow answers, “She’s not,” before calling out that the female voice is concerned her father will worry about her if she doesn’t get home in time.
“She just got me,” Will says with a smile on his face. “She tapped into it … She said, ‘As a father.’ ”
To hit her argument home, Willow concludes, “This is the line right here: ‘Say, what’s in this drink?’ ”
Will responds jokingly — “She means, like, cinnamon!” — and then asks his son, Jaden, 20, who was behind the camera, for his thoughts on the debate.
“I feel like you were making solid points, but she was just very persistent,” Jaden said of his sister.
Smith also posted a snippet of the debate on Instagram with the caption: “I have loved ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’ my whole life! Nobody in my house would Sing it with me. I made Cue Cards & Everything.”
The exchange between the famous father and daughter is one the entire country has been having ever since a Cleveland radio station decided to pull “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” from its seasonal rotation after listeners complained the lyrics were “date-rapey.”
“People might say, ‘oh, enough with that #MeToo,’ but if you really put that aside and listen to the lyrics, it’s not something I would want my daughter to be in that kind of a situation,” midday host Desiray told Cleveland’s Fox 8 about the decision. “The tune might be catchy, but let’s maybe not promote that sort of an idea.”
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In a blog post on the station’s website, radio host Glenn Anderson further explained: “I gotta be honest, I didn’t understand why the lyrics were so bad…Until I read them.” He concluded, “Now, 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. 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.”
The song was first penned by Frank Loesser (Guys and Dolls) in 1944 as a duet for him to sing with his wife at parties.