On Tuesday Slate’s Aisha Harris poked at the persistent depictions of Santa Claus as a white man, writing “…America is less and less white, but a melanin-deficient Santa remains the default in commercials, mall casting calls, and movies. Isn’t it time that our image of Santa better serve all the children he delights each Christmas?” Her piece was mostly tongue in cheek, suggesting that instead we should turn Santa into a penguin, but there’s truth to what she says of course. Fox News didn’t take it lightly, surprisingly, with Megyn Kelly explaining on her show The Kelly File, which sounds like a secret folder I have hidden on my hard drive, setting the record straight. Talking Points Memo transcribed so we don’t have to listen:
“By the way, for all you kids watching at home, Santa just is white but this person is just arguing that maybe we should also have a black Santa,” Kelly said. “Santa is what he is and just so you know, we are debating this because someone wrote about it, kids.”
Kelly said Harris “seems to have real pain” because of growing up around images of a white Santa, but argued the article “goes off the rails” when Harris suggests that a penguin serve as a new, more inclusive symbol of the holiday.
Woh, good save there. Almost accidentally stumbled into empathy for a second. It gets worse though!
“Just because it makes you feel uncomfortable doesn’t mean it has to change,” Kelly said. “Jesus was a white man, too. He was a historical figure. That’s a verifiable fact — as is Santa. I just want the kids watching to know that. My point is, how do you just revise it in the middle of the legacy of the story and change Santa from white to black?” Talking Points Memo
Santa and Jesus, it probably doesn’t need to be pointed out, but who knows with most of the idiots we have out there now, are not real. In fact they are of no color, because they are invisible and intangible. Although, I guess when you think of it that way it’s a pretty good argument that the were people of color after all, at least in the Fox News worldview, where anything that isn’t white doesn’t actually exist.