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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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6 comments

  1. 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

    • That means the listener would have to have common sense, which most of the, strike that, none of the politically correct seem to have.

  2. 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.

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

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

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