THE coolest of Christmas songs has the PC Grinches hot under the collar and calling for Baby, It's Cold Outside to be banned from the airwaves, claiming the lighthearted lyrics suggest date rape is OK.

Radio stations in the US and UK have started pulling the song from their playlists in response to public campaigns deriding it as inappropriate in the age of #MeToo, fuelling a similar push in Australia.

But even some feminists have rejected the outrage as over the top and calling on the naysayers to lighten up.

The Academy Award-winning song was written in 1944 and recorded on Christmas albums by everyone from Dean Martin to Michael Buble ever since.

The loved-up duet tells the tale of a man who is trying to convince a woman to spend more time with him. It was first played in 1949 film Neptune's Daughter starring Esther Williams and Ricardo Montalban.

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