We’ve come to know the Holderness Family for their hilarious parodies that parents love. Yes, “Baby Got Class” and “It’s Such a Pain Learning Algebra” certainly made us giggle. With their latest video— a “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” cover, these sarcastically comedic social media sensations are taking on a Christmas controversy.

While it may seem like it’s been non-stop Christmas music for weeks now, you might have noticed that Frank Loesser’s 1944 tune, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” has been conspicuously absent from many radio stations this year. While to many the song is a holiday classic, in the #MeToo era, some of it’s more… “questionable” lyrics about consent (or the complete lack thereof) have come under fire.

After several radio stations across the country pulled the holiday staple from their Christmas playlists, the Holderness Family created a tongue-and-cheek parody emphasizing consent.

Their updated take on the original lyrics make this Christmas-y clip is carefully comedic. Here’s just a sampling. Loesser’s original lyrics:

I really can’t stay (Baby it’s cold outside)
I gotta go away (Baby it’s cold outside)
This evening has been (Been hoping that you’d dropped in)
So very nice (I’ll hold your hands they’re just like ice)
My mother will start to worry (Beautiful what’s your hurry?)
My father will be pacing the floor (Listen to the fireplace roar)

And here’s how the Holderness Family made it SO much less creepy:

I really can’t stay (OK you’re free to go)
I gotta go away (Understood. No means no.)
This evening has been (Super appropriate)
So very nice (But I do understand consent)
My mother will start to worry (Definitely text her right now)
My father will be pacing the floor (Here’s the coat and there is the door)

The video already has millions of views across YouTube and Facebook. And we’re guessing that this is just the beginning. So if you can’t listen to the real deal anymore, here’s your less-creepy, far more wholesome alternative!

—Erica Loop



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