Oh, Megyn Kelly. The Fox News anchor struck a nerve when she claimed on “The Kelly File” that not only is Santa Claus real, but he’s also white. As a version of real-life Greek bishop Saint Nicholas (who — as anyone who knows their history knows — was not as white in the 14th century as this panel claims), Kelly wants to make sure the kids at home know that there’s no fact behind — or need for there to be — a black, transgender or anything but white Santa.
“Wanted to get that straight,” Kelly states in a comment that was addressed to the children watching.
Needless to say, Comedy Central’s two talk show hosts weren’t too impressed by Kelly’s portrayal of Santa Claus. Jon Stewart used his “The Daily Show” platform to express incredulity at the Fox News anchor’s assertions.
“Who are you actually talking to?” he asks. “Children who are sophisticated enough to be watching a news channel at 10 o’clock at night, yet innocent enough to still believe Santa Claus is real, yet racist enough to be freaked out if he isn’t white? … Yes, West Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.”
Kelly called out the African American author of the initial Slate article by saying that “just because [Santa being white] makes you feel uncomfortable doesn’t mean it has to change.” Stewart’s hilarious response was simple: “Actually, I think that’s the official slogan of oppression.”
Stewart’s take down of the Fox News segment continues to mock the fact that Kelly and her crew don’t understand the definition of “white” when it comes to the “facts” about Santa. Jessica Williams‘ take on the whole situation is especially amazing.
“Santa can’t just change colors. It’s not like he’s magic or anything,” Colbert rationalizes. “Besides, a black Santa is a terrible idea. If a homeowner in Florida sees a black man coming down their chimney, he is going to get shot. ‘Officer, I was just defending my milk and cookies.'”
Colbert also takes the conversation to Jesus’ alleged whiteness. “It makes sense that Santa is a white guy. After all, his job is to bring us presents on Jesus’ birthday, and everyone knows Jesus’ color,” Colbert says. “Just look at any photo of Jesus. He was just your average, Aramaic speaking, first century, Middle Eastern white guy.”
What is your stance on Kelly’s “Santa is white” assertion?