John Legend's woke 'Baby, It’s Cold Outside' is a Christmas cheese ball

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(It's your body and your choice) / If I have one more drink?

A common complaint against the tune is that its lyrics - which present a push and pull between a woman attempting to leave for the night and a man trying to convince her to stay - carry overtones of sexual harassment and coercion. "I think leave a tender moment alone", she told Good Morning America on Friday of the revised track, which replaces controversial sexist lines like "Beautiful, what's your hurry?" to "I'll call a vehicle and tell 'em to hurry".

But here, the dynamic duo sings, "What will my friends think?".

As part of Legend's A Legendary Christmas Deluxe Edition album, the singer teamed up with his fellow The Voice coach to update the lyrics of this Christmas song for today's world.

But news of the duet - released in 1949, and famously crooned by the likes of Bing Crosby and Doris Day - has already been met with a flurry of criticism.

Now, radio stations no longer have to worry about offending listeners with the song - they can just play the stars' new version. Clarkson sings in the new version.

She called the tune's new iteration, which was penned by Legend, "absolutely absurd".

But despite Legend, 40, being a "fantastic" musician and "a great writer", Deana, 71, thinks the tradition of the song should be left as is, opining to Good Morning Britain earlier this week, "You do not change the lyrics to this song. It's a classic, ideal song".

"It really pushed the line of consent", Cleveland Rape Crisis Center president and CEO Sondra Miller told a local Fox affiliate last Christmas during the now-annual hand-wringing over the ditty".

"I think what he's done is, he's stealing the thunder from Frank Loesser's song and from my dad".

But defenders say Legend's P.C. reboot is absurd.

Though the lyrics to "Baby It's Cold Outside" have been viewed by many as outdated and offensive in the era of Me Too - past year during the holiday season, several radio stations refused to play it - song purists mainly lambasted the "All of Me" singer for heavily revising the part typically sung by the male. "It's a piece of art". "(It's your body and your choice) / Ooh you really know how (Your eyes are like starlight now) / To cast a spell (One look at you and then I fell)". "That's ridiculous", Osbourne said.

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