KATIE ZERR: Santa’s color not a humourous topic

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Controversy is swirling on the airwaves as the talking heads of some news networks are deciding the color of Santa’s skin.

In some bizarre world, it became necessary for a panel of “experts” to discuss the whether Santa was black, white, orange or green.

This all came about because a columnist wrote that it was time that Santa should be portrayed as something other than a Caucasian.

As the bruhaha over the column began to build, Fox News’ Megyn Kelly decided she knew the answer and should inform the masses.

“For all you kids watching at home, Santa just is white. But this person is maybe just arguing that we should also have a black Santa,” Kelly said. “But, you know, Santa is what he is, and just so you know, we’re just debating this because someone wrote about it, kids.”

Now Megyn is taking all kinds of flack for her comments. Her colleagues at Fox are rushing to her defense (as they should; they are a team) but their defense is just as disturbing as Kelly’s decision to teach children about Santa.

First of all, she said her comments were made “tongue in cheek.” She said she was trying to be funny. Someone in the newsroom should probably tell her that children, until they reach a certain age, have trouble with sarcasm and dry humor. They just don’t understand.

Then in true Fox fashion, the group blamed the controversy on the “liberal media” trying to make Kelly look bad and accused her critics of “race-baiting.”

Bill O’Reilly said Kelly was right about Santa Claus, addressing the issue with information about the legends of St. Nick from various countries.

Then he too took those who criticized to task for attacking Kelly.

“Because they cannot defeat us on the media battlefield, the far left seeks to demonize Fox News as a right-wing propaganda machine and a racist enterprise,” he said. “That’s why Miss Megyn got headlines about a Santa Claus remark that was totally harmless.”

Kelly made herself look bad. She had no help from the other factions of the media.

When she uttered those words, the Grinch was out of the bag.

The fact that he thinks her remarks are totally harmless is also a major problem.

Aisha Harris, the writer behind the Santa article that elicited Kelly’s white Santa comments, spoke out about Kelly’s infamous remarks and the defense of them.

Harris criticized Kelly’s response to the backlash, saying Kelly was playing the victim. The fact that they tried to deflect it and say they were also making a joke out of it just didn’t ring true. Anyone who watched the segment would have taken Kelly’s comments as serious. It certainly came across the airwaves as such.

One wonders if the people of Mexico, Brazil or Japan see Santa as white. One doesn’t have to wonder if in the countries of Africa Father Christmas is a white man.

Then near the end of the controversial subject, Kelly threw in this comment. “Jesus was a white man too…I mean, he was an historical figure, that was a verifiable fact, as is Santa…I just want the kids watching to know that.”

It is hard to find a description of Jesus in the Bible. But nowhere does it describe him as westerners perceive him as a tall man with lighter hair and blue eyes.

Historical facts, such as the time in which He was born and the part of the world where his life and death occurred would point to the probability that he was a darker skinned, swarthy man with nearly black hair.

Kelly and other high-paid on-air personalities just need to engage their brains before they engage their mouths.

Santa is a figure that is portrayed many ways in many cultures. It doesn’t matter what size, shape or color, Santa is a joyous part of Christmas.

In our western culture he is a jolly old soul with rosy red cheeks and belly that shakes when he laughs like a bowl full of jelly. He brings joy to the children all across the world on Christmas by delivering presents, from a sleigh, pulled by eight tiny, flying reindeer.

The adults should just leave it alone.

- Katie Zerr -

 

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