On Megyn Kelly’s show last night, the Fox News host discussed a piece called “Santa Claus Should Not Be a White Man Anymore” head-on, for the kids.
On Megyn Kelly’s show last night, the Fox News host discussed a piece by Slate’s Aisha Harris about how the typical representation of Santa Claus as a white man had been confusing in her youth. Kelly addressed the piece, “Santa Claus Should Not Be a White Man Anymore,” head-on, for the kids.
When I saw this headline I kinda laughed and I said, “Oh, this is ridiculous. Yet another person claiming it’s racist to have a white Santa.” And by the way, 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. But, you know, Santa is what he is, and just so you know, we’re just debating this because someone wrote about it, kids.
"Santa is what he is." This is true! Santa is, as the story goes, a man who lives in an uninhabitable Arctic hellscape where elves make toys year-round so that he can deliver them to every house on Earth over the course of a single night by flying around in a regular-sized sleigh pulled by eight flying reindeer. Also a fun thing about Santa: he does not exist, except in the hearts and minds of those who truly believe.
Still, it is pretty considerate that Megyn Kelly, at 9:45 p.m. on the East Coast, would refrain from shattering the myth of Santa Claus for her millions of viewers, children and children-at-heart. (By the way, if you sit in the middle of the venn diagram comparing “Megyn Kelly viewers” and “believers in Santa Claus,” please drop us a line.)
After Jedediah Bila defended Harris’s piece about the confusion behind arbitrarily assigning race to a fictitious person who breaks into houses in the dead of night, Kelly continued:
Just because it makes you feel uncomfortable doesn’t mean it has to change. You know, I mean, Jesus was a white man too. He was a historical figure; that’s a verifiable fact—as is Santa, I want you kids watching to know that—but my point is: how do you revise it, in the middle of the legacy of the story, and change Santa from white to black?
Jesus is a real historical figure, but whether he was white is actually a pretty large matter of debate. Some researchers suggest that “the historical Jesus would be a Middle Eastern Jew of medium, if not dark, complexion.” So that assertion about Jesus’s whiteness is not entirely sound.
In the segment, Monica Crowley brings up that Santa Claus is based on Saint Nicholas, who was a white man. That’s a fair point about authenticity, but it’s also being a bit selective. In addition to being white, was Saint Nicholas also a monster of commerce who kept an NSA-like list of all the nice or naughty actions committed by the world’s children? Doubtful.
So this holiday season, create Santa in your own image. The jolly fool could be fat, skinny, white, black, male, female, a killer robot, or even Tim Allen. It’s kind of like waging your own personal war on Christmas.
The more I read, the worse it got. Can we shut down Fox?
And I cannot lie.
I must not tell lies
On the left we have the lyrics from Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines. On the right we rape survivors participating in Project Unbreakable, showing the various things that were said to them by their rapist.
From the Mouths of Rapist: The Lyrics to Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines
This needs to be talked about.
#the american voting system
Part one of a collection of best tweets found in the #bisexualfacts twitter tag.
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IT GETS FUNNIER EVERY TIME I SEE IT
I always feel like the biggest hipster when I know the songs playing in small coffee shops :/
ROA Gets Up With New Animals In Tow
Dec. 10 2013
The chief executives of McDonald’s and Starbucks earn more than $9,200 an hour, which is at least 1,000 times the hourly wages of their sales associates, according to a new report by the personal finance website NerdWallet.
The report highlights fast food and retail companies with some of the biggest gaps between CEO pay and hourly wages paid to associates.
McDonald’s, Starbucks and Dollar General top the list, followed by Gap, TJ Maxx, Target, Wal-Mart, CVS Caremark, Best Buy and AT&T Wireless.
Out of those 10 companies, median CEO pay on an hourly basis was calculated as $7,334, compared to $8.73 for sales associates. NerdWallet reviewed 100 companies for the report and selected the 10 that had the highest annual CEO pay to compare the disparities.
CEO pay was calculated by dividing each chief executive’s total compensation (as reported in the company’s annual proxy statement) by 60 hours a week times 50 weeks per year. Sales associates’ wage information was obtained from Glassdoor.com.
The NerdWallet study comes as employees of fast food and retail chains have been staging a series of demonstrations and strikes demanding better pay.
so don’t give me that bullshit about how you would pay more for a bag of fries. these shitheads will STILL make an excuse to raise the prices and NOT pay people while THEY pocket the increase. it’s not about some collective ‘personal responsibility’ action that will fix this. it is literally THESE PEOPLES’ JOBS to pay their workers correctly. and THEY are the ones who are failing their employees, not the consumers who buy the products.
The commentary nails it.
Open Letter to the Three White Students Who Filed a Discrimination Complaint Against Their Black Teacher →
That’s what you said, right? That the discussion of structural racism made you uncomfortable? That you felt the classroom was hostile? That you didn’t like that “we have to talk about this all the time”? I have a simple question for you: how do you think people of color feel?
let the church say amen!!