In a new interview, singer John Legend defended his “woke” version of “Baby It’s Cold Outside” that sparked outrage and ridicule of some who didn’t think the original version needed updating.
Legend performed the remake with Kelly Clarkson a few days ago on “The Voice.”
Per Yahoo, while he may have expected some raised eyebrows over his version of the song, the EGOT-winning star balks at accusations that it’s symptomatic of a virtue-signaling culture that has become too politically correct.
“It’s interesting,” he tells the newspaper, “this whole backlash to the #MeToo movement. People thinking we’ve gone too far speaking up for a woman’s right to not get raped or sexually harassed, when some would argue we’ve not gone far enough, when we have an admitted sexual assailant in the highest office in the land. People think that because some people have lost their jobs, or have been expelled from Hollywood, like Weinstein, that we’ve gone too far. I don’t agree. But people wanted the ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’ war to be a proxy war for all that.”
The outspoken Trump critic — recently called a “boring musician” by POTUS — also hit out at criticism that he is too liberal.
“I don’t know what virtue signaling is supposed to be,” he says. “I get that people don’t like people who are overly preachy or overly moralizing. But, in my humble opinion, if you care about people who are often undervalued and overlooked in society, what’s so negative about that? There seem to be some who think that standing up for immigrants whose kids are getting locked up in cages is … some might call that virtue signaling and some might think speaking up against it is absolutely right.”
Legend also defended the song in a BUILD Series interview last month, saying, “They saw one line where she’s talking about having a drink, and I’m like, ‘It’s your body, it’s your choice.’ And I think they wanted it to be part of the political kind of culture wars. If you listen to the song, it’s really just a funny update.”
The poll at the end of the article currently only has 17% who responded saying the original version is “creepy” vs. 83% who responded “Not at all!”