The two "Voice" coaches collaborated to create a modernized version of the Christmas classic — full of reworked lines in light of the original’s increasingly controversial lyrics. While the singers meant it to be a lighthearted holiday update, the recording received immense pushback from fans of the original version who feel they’re bowing to political correctness.
Shortly after the clip of their Tuesday night performance went live on Twitter, users were quick to voice their displeasure.
"Wish it was the classic version and not this funny parody," one user commented.
"Had to change and ruin a classic bc of the #metoo movement. 🙄 ugh!" another disgruntled user noted.
"I watch the voice for entertainment not to hear someone's political view. I will miss Blake but will not watch any more," a third person commented.
"No. This was absolutely ridiculous. Not only was a bad but a Classic was completely butchered to save feelings. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the original and those offended by it can kindly jump off the nearest cliff," another user commented.
However, the reactions to the performance can best be described as a mixed bag given that there seemed to be as many positive reactions to the song as there were negative.
"You two are amazing. So talented! I would totally watch your Christmas Special. Thank you for rehabilitating this treasure of a song. I've always loved the melody but the message in the lyrics was so wrong. Thank you," one user commented.
"If this song is offensive so are about a million others. Sometimes it’s just music," a more blunt viewer commented.
"Classic version? This is nothing but Class! Beautifully done. If anyone that this seems to bother. They best step back and see this performance. Than think of some other issue to worry about. Really," someone else commented.
"Finally relevant lyrics for 2019! Excellent job and your voices together is magical," another user noted.
In the original tune, which has been covered by many artists since its debut, a female sings: "I really can’t stay,” to which a man responds: "But baby, it’s cold outside.” In another part of a song, a woman is heard singing lines like "Say what's in this drink?", "The answer is no" and "I've gotta get home."
Legend and Clarkson’s version swaps out some lyrics in favor of: “What will my friends think? (It's your body and your choice) / If I have one more drink? (It's your body and your choice) / Ooh you really know how (Your eyes are like starlight now) / To cast a spell (One look at you and then I fell).”
Fox News' Andy Sahadeo contributed to this report.