John Legend recently announced his holiday album A Legendary Christmas, which will include a re-recorded version of “Baby, It’s Cold Out” with Kelly Clarkson.
The new take on the classic will change the lyrics to match the #MeToo movement.
“I really can’t stay (BABY IT’S COLD OUTSIDE)
I’ve gotta go away (I CAN CALL YOU A RIDE.)
This evening has been (SO GLAD THAT YOU DROPPED IN)
So very nice (TIME SPENT WITH YOU IS PARADISE)
My mother will start to worry (I’LL CALL A CAR AND TELL ‘EM TO HURRY)”
However, Sharon Osbourne is not pleased with the change to Dean Martin’s 1953 hit.
“What would John Legend do, if in 40 years, if somebody wanted to… re-record one of his songs, and there was some group that found it offensive, and somebody just went, ‘Oh, I can change the lyrics on that. It’s, to me, like a master painting,” Osbourne said on “The Talk”.
She added, “It’s a piece of art… to change an innocent lyric, to what is it, ‘your mind and your body?’ What the hell are you on? That’s ridiculous. I have to tell you, I love John Legend. I love John Legend’s wife, his family. He’s an amazing artist that I really respect. Why do you do this? That’s not right. The thing is, if you don’t like the song, don’t record it.”
A Legendary Christmas will be released on Nov. 8.
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See more on Legend and Clarkson’s reimagined song in the clip below: