Miley Cyrus beat critics to the punch by changing the lyrics to a popular Christmas classic, during her appearance on the “Tonight Show” Thursday.
Amid controversy around other Christmas classic’s like “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” Cyrus took the lead in challenging the lyrics of “Santa Baby” with a sassier rendition of the holiday tune.
The skit begins with Cyrus questioning the original lyrics and asking if anyone has ever actually read them.
She asks show host Jimmy Fallon:
“Am I saying that I’m going to hook up with Santa, if he buys me all this stuff?”
Alongside Fallon and musician Mark Ronson, she began her holiday remix by challenging the original song’s flirty tone.
“Santa, baby, I don’t fancy any fancy jewelry,
Not me, I’ve got something else in mind Santa baby,
And I don’t need your presents tonight
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.”
The crowd applauded her sassy lyrics that declared the singing woman’s financial independence as Fallon and Ronson provided comic relief with props in the background.
In contrast, the original lyrics, written by Joan Javits, Philip Springer and Tony Springer set a different tone.
The song popularly performed by Eartha Kitt goes:
Think of all the fun I’ve missed
Think of all the fellas that I haven’t kissed
Next year I could be also good
If you’ll check off my Christmas list
Santa baby, I want a yacht and really that’s not a lot
Been an angel all year
Santa baby, so hurry down the chimney tonight
Another part of the song is a little more suggestive asking Santa to “come and trim my Christmas tree, with some decorations bought at Tiffany.”
On the other hand, the pop star brings up issues relevant to the #MeToo movement in her version of the classic.
“Listen Santa to what I say
A girl’s best friend is, uh, equal pay
Stop interrupting me when I talk
And don’t text me pictures of your–
Santa baby, I’d love to know my ass won’t get grabbed
At work by some ignorant jerk
Tell the dirtbags,
To put away their chimneys tonight.”
The skit came to an end with Fallon and Ronson joining Cyrus in telling Santa to “put away his chimney tonight.”
One YouTube viewer thanked Miley for her rendition commenting that she always found the original song “so uncomfortable.”
Many others praised the “feminist version” of the song calling it “empowering” and “amazing.”
While most comments praised the new take on the song, one user questioned why Cyrus couldn’t have just sung the classic “without making it about some agenda.”