Dan O’Keefe, the writer responsible for the episode of Seinfeld which gave us “Festivus,” has responded to the critics at Fox News who are so terribly offended by the installation of Festivus poles at a few public locations around the country.
He said that he was not even aware of the controversy until he was contacted by Mother Jones and asked to comment. Expressing his shock that something as innocuous as a fake holiday from a sit-com episode would create such a stir, O’Keefe asked, “Am I to understand that some humanoid expressed outrage that the baby Jesus was behind a pole made of beer cans?”
He went on to say, “Both displays have equal right to be there, but, you know, the Fox News outrage machine kicked into high gear, and I’m sure there were some hair-sprayed talking heads bobbing up and down, being outraged about it.”
“Look, I’m looking at a Christmas tree right now, and no pole made of beer cans is going to come into my house and knock it down, at least that I’m aware of,” he said. “I don’t think it has the Mordor-like, sinister political significance that’s being attributed to it by right-wing talking heads…It’s a manufactured news event. The intention of the newscast is to feed the false War on Christmas narrative that is everywhere.”
The story line was actually based in reality as it turns out. O’Keefe says that his father had invented a family holiday which had no set date. He never thought that his father’s weird invention would one day cause such a controversy.
“I was honestly surprised anyone gave a flying f**k,” he said. “For better or worse, this is the most recognizable thing I’ve ever done on TV…which is to say my career peaked at age 26, maybe…But I am honored to have this wart on a very lovely pair of buttocks in the pop-culture spectrum.”
Watch the discussion over a fake holiday that stands for nothing — and was conceived on a show about nothing.
h/t: Mother Jones