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Sharon Osbourne Rips Kelly Clarkson

Sharon Osbourne went after John Legend and Kelly Clarkson for re-recording the song “Baby It’s Cold Outside.”

“The Voice” coaches announced last week that they’re recording a new version of the 1944 classic, written by Frank Loesser, after some say its lyrics have grown problematic over the years over the notion of consent.

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But Osbourne said on “The Talk” Monday that the notion of rewriting problematic songs is “ridiculous.”

“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,’” she said.

“It’s, to me, like a master painting,” Osbourne argued. “It’s a piece of art.”

The 67-year-old took issue with a specific lyric that was revealed in a sample of the song released by the musicians. Instead of the song being about an overly persistent male suitor trying to convince a reluctant woman to spend the night with him, Clarkson sings: “What will my friends think?… If I have one more drink?”

“It’s your body, and your choice,” Legend replies.

“To change an innocent lyric, to what is it, ‘Your mind and your body’? What the hell are you on? That’s ridiculous,” Osbourne exclaimed. “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 segment concluded with Osbourne declaring that one simply shouldn’t re-record a song that they actively dislike, to which most of her co-hosts agreed.

Last year, a Cleveland radio station, WDOK, withdrew the song from its lineup after a listener expressed concern over the standard’s lyrics.

“It wasn’t really our decision,” WDOK host Desiray told Fox 8 at the time. “It’s the decision of our listeners.”

She continued: “People might say, ‘Oh, enough with that #MeToo,’ but if you really put that aside and listen to the lyrics, it’s not something I would want my daughter to be in that kind of a situation. The tune might be catchy, but let’s maybe not promote that sort of an idea.”

Meanwhile, criticism of the song drew backlash from some, with actor Dennis Quaid saying it was “going a little far” to call it problematic, and Dean Martin’s daughter, Deena, saying she “was absolutely flabbergasted” that critics wanted the number scrapped.

The song will be featured on Legend’s forthcoming expanded version of “A Legendary Christmas: The Deluxe Edition,” which will drop on Nov. 8. Clarkson featured the traditional version of the song on her Christmas album “Wrapped in Red” in 2013.

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  1. Oh please!! Sharon ! Why are you upset about a couple of great artists change a sentence in a wonderful song thats been around long than I have. Everyone at least in the USA know the song as it was written. Adding alittle something new to the song should be fine. Everyone in this country will never forget the original song, words or music. You need to stop and worry about you and your hubby. You’ve taken him back after he’s cheated on you multiple times. Why??? He was such a big druggie in the past he looks as though his brain is fried from them.Worry about his health if you need something else to worry about and let Legend and Clarkson sing the song their way. Love you Sharon but lighten up!!!

    • Gilda calm down she is right and you didn’t need to bring up her marriage has nothing to do with the song.

    • Wow Gilda
      You sound like a real ditch.
      The original is rated “G”
      The changed version “R” for ridiculous, “P” for the presumptuous and “A” for Arrogant. This classic song is more innocent than 80% of every crap song put out nowadays and makes my ears bleed

  2. Then let’s redo all that disgusting wrap with all its killing and raping. Anyone thought about that???

  3. Changing the lyrics of a song because it’s offensive
    You just named a lot of rappers.
    If it offends you, TURN THE DAM CHANNEL

  4. Some people take themselves far too seriously. See how many copies she sells.

  5. What a bunch of people that have nothing better to do then to criticize I bet their lives and songs are not perfect let’s rewrite their songs what load of crap I agree listen to another song turn to another station or turn it off what a bunch of thinned skin individuals born entitled think they know what’s best for the rest of us I DO NOT TINK SO!!!!

  6. What ever happened to writing your own music? Lyrics are just a part of a song. What offends me is today’s artist changing words to original scores. I do not care if the existing lyrics offend. What happened to free speech? Leave others music alone! write your own.

  7. This politically correct, me-too, black lives matter movements are going waaaaay too far.

  8. I’m getting so damn sick of hearing crap like this! SHAME ON YOU TWO! Taking an innocent song and changing it because you think you the all mighty! I HOPE YOU BOTH BURN IN HELL!!!!!

  9. It’s ridiculous to change the song if you offended by it don’t listen to it. This song has been around for a long time and nobody minded now all of a sudden it’s offenses people. Enough is enough already our society gets to soft.

  10. That song was out 4 years before I was born! If the censors, if there was any, and I’m sure there were, didn’t find it offensive then, why the hell are singers finding it offensive now? I like the song and I hope radio stations continue to play this version. These people should be more offended about aborting babies! And the immigrants trying to get into this country illegally! Not some song they think is politically incorrect!
    People have been having sex forever and they think changing the lyrics is going to change a person’s mind?

  11. Once again political correctness has reared its ugly head. Soon a person will have to have a direct line to the political correctness dictionary, and check to see if anyone finds what you want to say is alright to say what’s on your mind or will some nut job find a way to take offense. My take is, say what you feel, and if someone takes offense, unless you are using racial slurs or calling someone an offensive name they have no right to alter your speech. The only thing offensive about this song is that someone has a agenda they want to further. The song is about a guy trying to talk a woman into staying with him. Before long a proposal of marriage will be offensive because it will be construed as a way to have sex with the woman.

  12. Chainlink: You’re absolutely right. Too many of these shrunken heads think that their opinion rules and is the only one that counts

  13. I am sick to death of political correctness. It’s a beautiful song sung just the way it was originally written. If you want to complain about songs that are politically incorrect How about all the rapper songs that include the word starting with “F” and talking about rape and other gross actions. Now THAT, to my way of thinking is INCORRECT NO MATTER WHO SINGS IT!

  14. Now that the NBA college basketball season has started ESPN does a similar thing “WDOK Host Desiray claims” listeners want to see in the top 10 plays at the end of the hour program. They usually vote “Stereotype” four out of top 10 plays a large black man dunking a basketball.

    The optics are never good hour after hour The same repetitive top 10 plays. It’s embarrassing!

  15. The whole world is going nuts- pretty soon you won’t be able to sing any song and you’ll have to remain silent just in case someone doesn’t like what you say. this is ridiculous.

  16. Clifford Thibodeaux

    It looks to me as if it is THEM who have their minds in the gutter.

  17. Those politically correct idiots are primarily democrooks, and we all know what they like! they are pedophiles, so what’s the big deal of the song? you’d think they’d be promoting the song for their sexual benefit, over the children they are molesting !

  18. they are trying to hide our history by tearing down all of the statures of our history but it will always be there.

  19. What’s taken the commie libs so long to find the Christmas music offensive? They’ve attacked Christmas for many years so this is nothing new. There’s little doubt that these people have too much time on their hands. If they actually worked and had a life of productive activities they wouldn’t have time for such crap. Idiots, all!

  20. This is just going to far, you don,t change the song because a few people don,t like it. Just don,t listen to it. I don,t like many rap songs so I just don,t listen to them. Enough is enough

  21. YOU, DESPICABLE LIBERALS, ARE TRYING TO INTIMIDATE REAL MEN TO APPROACH A WOMAN. Maybe hoping they would become gay or trans.
    History tells a different story and a few excesses in the past are only isolated cases, mainly in the Hollywood scene and some Broadway sets.
    Consider that most women like certain controlled aggressivity on males. That is nature fulfilling its purpose.
    Do a little research and get out of your fake bubble!

  22. Sharon Osbourne needs to F–K HerselF….she is just another DUMB BI–H

  23. THIS SONG SHOULD REMAIN THE WAY IT WAS WRITTEN.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    YOU CAN TAKE KELLY AND JOHN AND THROUGH THEM OUT.
    THE WINDOW. KELLY AND JOHN DO NOT WRITE THAT WELL
    OR SING THAT WELL. TRY AND MAKE YOU LIFE BETTER ANOTHER
    WAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  24. I prefer the song lyrics as they are now. I’m not against a Christmas drink, but I am against drinking as a daily habit! So if you are uncomfortable with changing it, DON’T do it! in the future you’ll be displeased with yourself. However if you are just saying that to make yourself look sheepishly good, then go ahead & do it. Some of us won’t like it, but we won’t buy it either. However it looks like the drinkers will.

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