When discussing Aisha Harris' Slate piece on how the standard representation of Santa Claus as a white man left her feeling alienated as a child, Fox News host Megyn Kelly made one thing clear: Santa Claus has to be a white man:
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.
It gets better. Actually, it doesn't:
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?
First of all, the idea of Jesus as your average white dude is a horribly flawed one, but that's not the point. Somewhere in the vicinity of the point is the fact that Kelly has no idea what it feels like to be a minority. Her thoughts on Harris' essay would be misuided.
The point here is that Santa Claus doesn't fucking exist. He isn't a white man; he isn't anything. He isn't real. You don't have to debate Santa's race just because someone wrote about it. End of discussion.
Leave it to Fox News to miss the point.
[via The Wire]