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John Legend Is Re-Recording 'Baby, It's Cold Outside' To Be Less Creepy

The lyrics have not dated well.

Let’s be honest: there are some movies, TV shows and songs that just do not date well. The good news is, we have people like John Legend and Kelly Clarkson around who are more than happy to take things from problematic to 2019-approved.

Case in point: the classic Christmas track ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside.’

According to BBC News, Legend and Clarkson have recorded an updated version of the song, in light of the #MeToo era.

‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’ was originally penned by Frank Loesser in 1944, but the lyrics have been facing major criticism since 2009. Last year, the track was even banned from a number of radio stations due to concerns regarding the lyrics but returned shortly after when the public fought back.

One of the lines – “Say what’s in this drink? (No cabs to be had out there)” – was criticised for allegedly referring to date rape and the overall song is about convincing a woman to stay the night – even when she wants to go home.

Obviously this raises a fair few red flags in terms of consent.

BBC report that Legend and songwriter Natasha Rothwell have collaborated on new lyrics for the song which has recorded with Clarkson. The singer said the updated version includes the lines – “What will my friends think? (I think they should rejoice) / If I have one more drink? (It’s your body, your choice).” 

Unfortunately, ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’ isn’t the only politically incorrect track that would be considered wildly controversial today. In 2007, Katy Perry released a track called ‘Ur So Gay’ which featured lyrics like “I can’t believe I fell in love with someone that wears more makeup / You’re so gay and you don’t even like boys.” 

Eek. While Perry hasn’t really addressed the negative reception of ‘Ur So Gay,’ she has mentioned the edits she would’ve like to make on her 2008 banger ‘I Kissed A Girl.’ “We’ve really changed, conversationally, in the past 10 years,” she told Glamour. “Bisexuality wasn’t as talked about back then, or any type of fluidity.”

“If I had to write that song again, I probably would make an edit on it. Lyrically, it has a couple of stereotypes in it. Your mind changes so much in 10 years, and you grow so much. What’s true for you can evolve,” she said.

Perry is right – it’s all about evolving and educating ourselves about messages we should be broadcasting out into the world and the potential impact they can have. It’s all one big learning experience.

Sexual Harassment Of Female Retail Workers Is Far Worse Than You Think

Co-workers are swapping name badges so they aren't recognised by their harassers.

If you’ve ever worked in retail you’d be familiar with the age old phrase: “the customer is always right.” Sadly – the customer is a huge part of the problem when it comes to the staggering number of young female retail workers being sexually harassed on a daily basis.

According to a survey of more than 3,000 union members by the Australian Human Rights Commission, young workers in the retail and fast food industries are far more likely to be sexually harassed than those in other sectors. The largest group of offenders? Customers.

The survey found that female retail workers under 30 years old were the most likely to be harassed, making up a whopping 46% of all victims. Some of the survey respondents experiencing workplace harassment were as young as 15 years old. 

Survey respondents reported that “customers have threatened to rape me in the car park,” have asked “what condoms I use with my boyfriend” and one had “his hands down his pants whilst looking at me down the aisle.”

These are extreme examples of harassment, but the Human Rights Commission said it can and has included everything from suggestive comments or jokes, to intrusive questions, leering, unwelcome touching, being followed and repeated invitations for dates. Most survey respondents reported that this kind of harassment occurs directly outside an employee’s work station – near a cash register or food preparation area.

Apparently, most of these incidents go unreported and retail workers have even gone as far as swapping name tags with co-workers to avoid being identified by their harassers.

Sexual Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins told the ABC that young people today are living in a world where gender inequality and sexism exists. “It really calls out retail and fast food outlets to start looking at the behaviour of customers and [to] make sure the young workers know that they can speak up.”

The Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association is looking at ways they reform trespass laws to ban problem customers and provide co-workers with more training and education. However, it highlights a deeper issue within our society and culture.

The survey also found that when retailers had a “suggestive” ad campaign, it led to one in five of their workers being sexually harassed. Why do people think it’s okay to harass innocent, young retail workers just because of the advertising they’re seeing? Why do people think it’s okay to harass anyone at all?

There are a lot of unanswered questions that arise from this survey, but at least it’s opening up a conversation about toxic behaviour and sexual harassment of young, female retail workers in Australia. 

If you, or anyone you know is experiencing sexual harassment, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or 1800 RESPECT for support services.

Kurt Cobain's Unwashed Cardigan Just Sold For A Stupid Amount Of Money

It has never been washed.

It’s been 25 years since Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain died, but his ‘90s grunge wardrobe is still in high demand. 

Cobain’s unwashed, cigarette-burned cardigan he wore during Nirvana’s iconic MTV Unplugged performance in 1993 has been scooped at an auction for over $488,000 AUD.

Rolling Stone reports that Kurt Cobain’s cardigan is missing a button, has two cigarette burns and a mysterious stain in one of its pockets, which according to the previous owner is “some kind of brown, crunchy something.” It reportedly smells like a “grandmother’s musty attic.”

According to BBC, Kurt Cobain’s cardigan is now the most expensive sweater ever sold at auction and was named “the holy grail of any article of clothing that [Cobain] ever wore” by auction president Darren Julian.

Apparently, the cardigan was gifted to the family’s nanny, Jackie Ferry, following Cobain’s death in 1994. She kept it unwashed and in a safety deposit box for two decades before bringing it to the auction house. Ferry said she also checked with Cobain’s widow Courtney Love and his daughter Frances Bean Cobain before selling it. 

Nirvana’s 1993 MTV Unplugged performance was aired repeatedly after Cobain was found dead and was also turned into an album that received critical acclaim.

Also up for grabs at the auction were collectibles from Elvis Presley, The Rolling Stones, Black Sabbath, Michael Jackson, Madonna as well as Cobain’s custom-made Fender Mustang guitar which he played during Nirvana’s In Utero tour. It was purchased at the auction for an equally-as-mind-blowing $498K AUD.

It’s not the first time a diehard fan has coughed up their life savings for a piece of celebrity memorabilia. Earlier this month, an avid Star Wars fan paid $3,154 AUD for the rat tail that Ewan McGregor wore when he played a young Obi-Wan Kenobi in The Phantom Menace.

Clearly, owning a piece of rock and roll history or an iconic film is a lucrative business – whether the item is brand spanking new or has seen better days. 

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