Which Christmas song is the most politically incorrect? | The Tylt
Christmas is about tradition—but some holiday songs have not aged well. Band Aid's smash hit "Do They Know It's Christmas?" raised funds for Ethiopian famine victims, but is now derided as patronizing and clueless (dude, they know it's Christmas in Africa). The standard "Baby, It's Cold Outside" is also problematic; a supposedly charming back-and-forth between a reluctant lady and her suitor now just seems... kind of rapey. But which song is worse? Read more and vote below!🎄 🎤🎄
Which Christmas song is the most politically incorrect?
It’s that time of year again! Millions of shoppers will be hit with wave after unrelenting wave of holiday music to the point of aural madness. To celebrate this month of obnoxious festive melodies, we’ve taken the 16 most reviled Christmas songs and are pitting them against each other all month long! Don't forget to cast your vote in these other exciting head-to-head debates:
Bob Geldof wrote "Do They Know It's Christmas" in response to terrible famine in Ethiopia and recruited the UK's biggest stars to perform it. And while his intentions were admirable, even its title betrays serious ignorance—Christianity is thriving in African countries. There is snow in Africa. Other things happen in the 57 nations that make up the African continent besides starvation and suffering. And as human rights activist Chitra Nagarajan points out:
It's yet another classic sign of white Western saviourism, in this case with celebrities swooping in to "save" the people of Africa. Not only does this take away the agency of people living in African countries who are the ones who actually lead and make change happen, but it perpetuates stereotypes of conflict, poverty and disease as the single story of the continent.
First released in 1944, "Baby, It's Cold Outside" is supposed to be a playful repartee between a woman trying to leave and a man trying to get her to stay— but in the cold light of 2016, it just looks like a tribute to roofies and rape (the line "Say what's in this drink?" is particularly cringeworthy). A Minnesota couple just recorded an updated version of the song that points out the importance of consent.