Twin Cities musicians tout consent in viral remake of ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’

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Twin Cities musicians Lydia Liza and Josiah Lemanski were discussing holiday songs at a St. Paul ice-cream shop last week when Lemanski asked, “You know what song is awful. …”

The answer was, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” which the musical couple rewrote and recorded that night to remove its sexually aggressive, 1940s-era lyrics, which they believe sounded “date rape-y.”

A week later, their playful yet topical remake has been posted via Soundcloud and gone viral, with stories on news sites such as CNN, Time and the Huffington Post. The singer/songwriters, both in their early 20s, are using the attention to “promote consent” among young men and women.