According to Susan Loesser, the daughter of Frank Loesser – who famously wrote the 1944 Christmas song, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” – Bill Cosby is responsible for the recent social and political climate that led to the tarnished reputation of her father’s classic song.
Bill was accused, convicted, sentenced, and then incarcerated following allegations of sexual assault dating all the way back into the 1960s, with the worst of them being in the 1970s, ’80s, and ’90s.
It was the 2004 Andrea Constand case that led to Bill’s incarceration. Bill had previously fought against her in a court of law over ten years ago, but after Hannibal Buress’ viral comedy routine, people began to question Bill’s legacy once again.
Right around that same time, media journalists started reporting on other cultural landmarks previously thought untouchable, like “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.”
Susan Loesser believes that Cosby’s actions have led to the historical revisionist view of her father’s classic song. The track’s plotline features a man and a woman having a conversation about whether she should stay the night with him.
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In recent years, the song has been negatively associated with sexual predation. One radio station, Cleveland’s Star 102 FM, has pulled it off the air for good.
When speaking with NBC News, Susan said to reporters that “Bill Cosby is ruining it for everybody.” Since Bill was accused of rape, she admits people talk about her father’s song and rape together all of the time.
As it was previously reported, Bill was sentenced to 3 to ten years in prison for assaulting and drugging Andrea Constand in 2004. Many other women have claimed Bill drugged and raped them using Quaaludes, a drug no longer in production.
According to Susan, some of the controversy surrounding the song revolves around the line, “Hey, what’s in this drink?” In the 1940s, that line was more of a joke, as if to say, “this drink is going straight to my head.” Unfortunately for Loesser, the mob has spoken: “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” is offensive and will never go back to the way it was.