Santa Claus is comin’ to town, but he may be coming in the form of a black-feathered Arctic bird. Aisha Harris from Slate suggests that if Santa is actually a universal figure for children, then it may be best to distance ourselves from the original fat old white man we as children have come to love and move onto a more universally kid/ethnic version of Santa Claus.
“Then there was the Santa in my family’s household, in the form of ornaments, cards, and holiday figurines. A near-carbon copy of the first one—big belly, rosy cheeks, long white beard: check, check, check. But his skin was as dark as mine. Seeing two different Santas was bewildering. Eventually I asked my father what Santa really looked like. Was he brown, like us? Or was he really a white guy?” She continued, “I propose that America abandon Santa-as-fat-old-white-man and create a new symbol of Christmas cheer. From here on out, Santa Claus should be a penguin.”
Now we have Fox News’ Megyn Kelly to spread the holiday cheer by reassuring all the “kids watching at home” that Santa is most certainly a white guy…and apparently so is Jesus. It’s science. Don’t try to argue.
“Just because it makes you feel uncomfortable doesn’t mean it has to change. Jesus was a white man, too. He was a historical figure. That’s a verifiable fact – as is Santa,” spouted Kelly.
AATTP is not too certain what’s more disturbing — Kelly’s unabridged confidence regarding the race of a imaginary character, or her belief that kids who believe in Santa are actually watching her show right now. Luckily, the ‘brain’ of some panelist that no one cares about added that St. Nicholas was an actual Greek bishop, and definitely white, and “you can’t take facts and then try to change them to fit a political agenda or a sensitivity agenda.” No doubt about it folks! This is the news.
We’re all in this world together, right? If Megyn Kelly wants to believe that Santa and Jesus were right, she’s free to believe whatever she wants about make-believe characters. Just as I’m free to believe that Megyn Kelly is a freakin’ idiot. And that’s an historical fact.