Leave it to even-keeled John Legend to remedy the “rapey” controversy that last year ensnared the classic Christmas tune ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside.’
The EGOT winner behind ‘All of Me’ and ‘Glory’ has rewritten and re-recorded the iconic song for his 2020 holiday album, with a new emphasis on consent. The rewrite even boasts the lyrics, “your body, and your choice.”
The makeover comes after a bevy of radio stations removed the song from their holiday rotations last year over its dated lines, which some viewed as “rapey” (though some didn’t) in the wake of the #MeToo movement.
Legend has updated Frank Loesser’s 1944 call-and-response lyrics — “I ought to say ‘No, no, no, sir’” and “What’s in this drink?” — with the help of ‘Insecure’ and ‘Black Lady Sketch Show’ writer Natasha Rothwell. He sings the duet with his ‘The Voice’ co-star Kelly Clarkson, and it likely will be released this holiday season.
The rewrite goes like this:
Clarkson: “What will my friends think...
Legend: “I think they should rejoice”
Clarkson: “...if I have one more drink?”
Legend: “It’s your body, and your choice.”
“The song’s every bit as fun and swinging as the original, and its newfound sensitivity feels genuine, not performative,” according to the November Vanity Fair profile of Legend and his wife, Chrissy Teigen, where the revelation was made.
The rest of the piece is full of the #RelationshipGoals we’ve come to expect from the famous couple: their vitriol for President Trump and love of Senator Elizabeth Warren, a frank discussion of former collaborator Kanye West and the reason Legend “cancelled” R Kelly.