MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (CNN) – A couple’s re-imagining of the Christmas classic “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” is drawing strong reactions online.
Lydia Liza and Josiah Lemanski, singer-songwriters from Minnesota, said the reworked the song to emphasize consent due to their mutual dislike of the original lyrics, written in 1944 by Frank Loesser.
“I’ve always had a big problem with the song,” said Lemanski, 25. “It’s so aggressive and inappropriate.”
The melody stays the same in the updated version, but the words take on a whole new meaning. A couple of examples:
“I really can’t stay/But baby, it’s cold outside” becomes “I really can’t stay/Baby I’m fine with that”.
“I ought to say no, no, no/Mind if I move in closer?” becomes “I ought to say no, no, no/You deserve the right to say no.”
The couple says they hope the song will raise awareness of the need for consent and inspire others to take action to help prevent violence against women.
To read the complete lyrics of both versions, as well as hear the updated song, click on CNN’s full version of the story here.