Miley Cyrus put a feminist spin on classic Christmas song “Santa Baby” during an appearance on Jimmy Fallon’s talk show.
During a sketch on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Cyrus told the host that she was unhappy with the lyrics to “Santa Baby,” originally recorded in 1953 by Eartha Kitt.
The track features a woman giving Father Christmas a list of gift ideas because she has been, “an awfully good girl”.
Watch the promo video with the song here.
Cyrus objected to the line about a fur coat because she is a vegan before adding:
“Am I saying that I’m going to hook up with Santa if he buys me all this stuff?”
The pop star, 26, then changed the lyrics, adding a modern, independent woman’s slant.
“Santa baby, I don’t need any fancy jewelry. Not me. I’ve got something else in mind.”
“Don’t want diamonds, cash or stocks. Nothing that comes in a box. No more fluff, I’ve had enough. And I can buy my own damn stuff.”
As she continues with her updated version of the song, British record producer Mark Ronson, who recently worked on a couple tracks with Cyrus, appears in the background with Fallon.
Ronson had Cyrus provide vocals on his song “Nothing Breaks Like a Heart“—available here as a download— then returned the favor by helping out on Miley’s remake of John Lennon’s song “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” which featured Lennon’s son, musician Sean Lennon.
That holiday collaboration just released on December 14 and can be purchased here.
Miley Cyrus has updated the lyrics to Santa Baby and added a feminist slant (Ian West/PA)
As the two men dangle car keys in the background, Cyrus continues singing, including the line:
“Listen Santa to what I say, a girl’s best friend is… equal pay.”
“Santa baby, I’d love to know my ass won’t get grabbed at work, by some ignorant jerk.”
“Tell the dirtbag to put away the chimney tonight.”
Cyrus’s updated version of “Santa Baby” comes amid a controversy over the lyrics of another classic Christmas song, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.”
Critics argue it is creepy if the lyrics are listened to in the context of a real-life conversation between a man and a woman or any couple on a date. While one person keeps saying “no” the other says they plan to get them drunk.
Proponents of the song say it comes from a simpler time, when date rape and drugging someone for sex were not prosecuted or even considered crimes.
Cyrus appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Thursday, along with guests Felicity Jones, Jimmy Carr and Bebe Rexha.
People are loving Miley’s updated, modern version of “Santa Baby.”
You all need to listen to Miley Cyrus’ feminist version of Santa Baby. Loving it.pic.twitter.com/rSOtSLe2as
— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) December 21, 2018
— Capital (@CapitalOfficial) December 21, 2018
— Amanda C. Redman (@aye_redman) December 21, 2018
miley cyrus turns “santa baby” into an empowering anthem for women and it’s EVERYTHING pic.twitter.com/ZEFNGM3LR5
— ️️ً (@G0DNEYBJS) December 21, 2018
— Nicholas Liddle (@NLiddle16) December 21, 2018
All about that GIRL POWER 💪🏼
— Miley Cyrus Fashion (@StylishCyrus) December 21, 2018
— Omaha Women’s Fund (@OmahaWomensFund) December 21, 2018
The gifs are already made!
— Fallon Tonight (@FallonTonight) December 21, 2018
Unlike the backlash against anyone who feels uncomfortable with “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” and the somewhat date rape lyrics, Miley’s updated “Santa Baby” seems to be getting nothing but kudos on the Twittersphere.
Maybe she can tackle that other song next?