Piers Morgan has blasted “radical feminists” after radio stations banned classic hit Baby It’s Cold Outside.
A number of stations in the United States have removed the track from playlists after the lyrics came under fire in the wake of the #MeToo movement.
Speaking during a debate on Good Morning Britain, journalist Daisy Buchanan said the song was about a man assaulting a petrified woman and it should be banned until “the world has changed”.
She said: “Christmas is a very dangerous time for women. It’s dark early, everybody is drinking. This song reflects the experience that so many women have had.
“This is a song about trying to get away from a man and being assaulted. She’s trying to say no.
“That is a song about women trying to express themselves to say this is what’s happening, this is what I want to do, please listen to me. And the man going, ‘No, we’re going to do what I want,’ talking over them which is exactly what is happening to me now Piers.”
But Piers fired back and insisted the song was completely harmless and charming.
“Absolute rubbish,” he said. “That is not the point of the song. It’s not the point of the movie, it’s not the mood of the movie.
“Daisy, this isn’t sexism. This is flirtation, harmless flirtation from a beautiful, harmless scene in a movie.
“It’s a wonderful song that everyone has enjoyed and we should continue to enjoy.
“Radical feminists like you want to suck the joy out of everything and make this look like sexual assault.
“She gave consent, she stayed. Do you not read the lyrics? She’s flirting with him.”
Broadcaster Niall Boylan agreed with Piers, saying: “It’s a beautiful song from a beautiful film from a time that was very different and when society was very different.”
But Daisy insisted: “‘I think we have to move with the times. I’m not saying a total life-long ban of Baby It’s Cold Outside.
“I want to wait to hear this song until the world has changed and until the world is safer for women.”
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