On Friday, Megyn Kelly addressed critics of her comments regarding the race of Jesus and Santa. Her determination that the fictional characters, both of whom would likely have darker skin (if they were real, that is), absolutely must be white sparked a firestorm of controversy.
In discussion of a Slate article that suggested that, if Santa is a universal figure for kids, we should distance ourselves from the stereotypical jolly fat white man Kelly assured the children at home that yes, Santa is a real person, and yes, Santa is white.
Kelly said that “Contrary to what my critics have posited, neither my statement, nor Harris’, I’m sure, was motivated by any racial fear or loathing. In fact, it was something far less sinister: A lifetime of exposure to the very same commercials, mall casting calls, and movies Harris references in her piece.”
Ignoring the numerous examples in America of a nonwhite Santa, like the one above, Kelly continued that “We continually see St. Nick as a white man in modern-day America. Should that change? Well, that debate got lost because so many couldn’t get past the fact that I acknowledged, as Harris did, that the most commonly depicted image of Santa, does, in fact, have white skin.”
Kelly accused her detractors of being “humorless” because of the “knee-jerk instinct” of her critics. and even of “race baiting.” She insinuated that, rather than by a genuine distaste for her fervor in the declaration of Santa and Jesus’ race, those who expressed outrage were motivated by a fear of the “very powerful” FOX News.
Kelly also seems to have been previously unaware that Jesus (pictured above) could possibly be anything but white. “By the way,” she said, “I also did say Jesus was white. As I have learned in the past few days, THAT is far from settled.”
Playing the victim still, Kelly wrapped up by saying that she has learned that race is still a volatile issue in this country, and that she and FOX “News” are big targets. Somehow, it managed to elude her that if she would not declare that two of the most important fictional characters in America are definitely, unequivocally white, she might not draw fire of people who aren’t fond of her brand of racism.
Watch Kelly’s Unapologetic Excuse-Fest Below: