Singer John Legend is reportedly revamping the Christmas song "Baby, It's Cold Outside" on his new holiday album amid ongoing criticism of the duet's lyrics in the "Me Too" era.
Originally written by Frank Loesser, the 75-year-old wintertime staple is about a man trying to convince a woman to stay the night because of bad weather.
At various points, responding to the man's insistence, the female vocalist sings, "the answer is no" and "say, what's in this drink?"
Throughout the song, the man never relents in his pursuit of the woman, who says no roughly ten times.
Other changes include Clarkson singing “what will my friends think,” and Legend replying, “I think they should rejoice.”
“If I have one more drink?” she continues.
“It’s your body, and your choice,” he answers.
Comedian Natasha Rothwell of HBO's "Insecure" helped Legend write the new lyrics, the Times reports. The album on which the song is featured, “A Legendary Christmas: The Deluxe Edition,” will be released Nov. 8.
Despite considerable clamoring for "Baby, It's Cold Outside's" lyrics to be changed or the song to be pulled off the radio altogether, some have pushed back, lamenting that it is a casualty of political correctness.
Last holiday season, Susan Loesser, Frank Loesser's daughter, told NBC News that her father would be "furious" that radio stations were pulling the song from their holiday rotations.
“Way before 'Me Too,' I would hear from time to time people call it a date rape song,” she told the network. “I would get annoyed because it’s a song my father wrote for him and my mother to sing at parties.”
“People used to say ‘what’s in this drink’ as a joke,” she argued. “You know, this drink is going straight to my head so what’s in this drink? Back then it didn’t mean 'you drugged me.'”