Fox News Declares Whitest Christmas Ever

Some stories just won’t go away until I write about them. But maybe you haven’t heard about Honky Jesus and Cracker Santa yet. So here’s the rundown on this cable news debacle. Don’t worry I’ll try to ignore how sad it is and just tell you the funny parts. (If you want to skip it all and get to the funny recut of It’s A Wonderful Life that’s the last video).

It all started with an article on Slate.com called Santa Should Not Be A White Man Anymore. Read it if you want, but you’ll be able to keep up without doing so.

Nancy Reagan with Mr. T as Santa

Conservative Godmother Nancy Reagan Embraces African-American Santa/Mr. T (If at any point you feel unhappy or uncomfortable about what’s happening in this blog post, just look at this picture again. Repeat as needed.)

Things got obliteratingly stupid ridiculous when Megyn Kelly of Fox News hosted a panel on her show to talk about how crazy this idea was because Santa Claus is totally a white guy. ERRBODY knows that. But why stop there. Kelly proceeded to point out, matter-of-factly, that Jesus was a white guy. IT’S JUST A HISTORICAL FACT YOU GUYS.

*strangles myself with tinsel*

Here it is if you can handle cringing a lot.

My good friend JR. Forasteros (who has an amazing new website you should check out) summed it up best:

Fox News actually said Jesus was a white man. For real. In real life. This happened. WHAT. IN. THE. WORLD.

Rather than try to take on what happened on this panel blow-by-blow (including the fact that NO ONE else disagreed with her), I’ll offer Exhibit C, a 9+ minute (and not the cleanest bit of comedy if you’re sensitive to such things) rebuttal (read: takedown) of Kelly and pals by Jon Stewart on The Daily Show.

Look, I’ve heard Megyn Kelly talk intelligently on plenty of topics before. That is to say I know she has a brain, so how in the world could such ideas slip out so nonchalantly? Well, I think it speaks to some cultural assumptions that are at the heart of inequality issues. I do not mean to say that everybody who opposes Kelly or Fox News is 100% correct. At all.

And I know how this works. When I point out something stupid done by liberals my conservative friends get happy and supportive while my liberal friends simmer and seethe. And when I point out something stupid done by conservatives it seems just the opposite happens. I suppose that instead of being political I’d rather point out the common theme that folks on both sides can be absurd. My hope is that we can find common ground in our recognition of that reality. After all, people on both sides can be naughty and nice. MAYBE, just maybe, we can move on with more humility in our views on highly charged issues.

Now back to the story at hand and a fun finish (at least for me). Jimmy Kimmel did a bit on this fiasco as well. If you don’t want to hear more of the same in his setup, just skip to the 2:01 mark for a great parody on the Fox News version of It’s A Wonderful Life.

Finally, if you feel like I’m giving Fox News a raw deal here, don’t worry, I’m sure MSNBC will give us reason to satire soon enough. Until then, I’m gonna go watch It’s A Wonderful Life because it’s one of the greatest movies ever made.

  • http://randomlychad.com Chad Jones

    If Jesus was a white man, then I (descended from Northern Europeans as I am) am the most melanin-rich dude in the world. ;-)

    That said, what? Jesus was a Semitic man, descended from the line of David, and likely not much more than five feet tall. Dark-skinned, bearded, and according to the Bible, ugly. (“Having no form or comeliness”). It was His moral authority which drew people to Him…

    The larger issue, the one which goes much further than skin deep, is the way we all seem to try to make Jesus over into our image, rather than be conformed to His.

    • http://ClayWrites.com/ Clay Morgan

      I agree Chad.

  • http://steadilyskippingstones.com/ Michelle Moran

    I saw that on JR.’s feed as well, and that video really pushed my buttons in a big way. But what upsets me is how Aisha Harris wrote about a real and valid issue, and instead of addressing it, Megyn turned it into a argument about whether or not Santa and Jesus are really white. Even the responses (that I’ve seen) are focused solely on this ridiculous side issue that has nothing to do whatsoever with what Aisha’s post was about. (Though, interestingly, Jon Stewart’s segment with the “Christmas coorespondent” came the closest.)

    The first of the all-white (what? are you kidding me!) panelists is the only one who seemed to get what Aisha’s real issue is. And though Megyn said she gave Aisha “her due” on where she was going with the post, she clearly has no clue. She says first that Aisha’s post is about wanting to also have a black Santa,and then that Aisha had pain as a girl growing up with a white Santa and didn’t understand why he had to be white.

    Actually, they had a black Santa in her home growing up, and the emotion she talked about was shame, not confusion. What Aisha was writing about goes much deeper than anything Megyn touched on. It talks about self-identity and self-worth of non-white children growing up surrounded by a culture predominated by white icons and imagery. That’s a topic worth talking about, and it was completely side-stepped.

    • http://ClayWrites.com/ Clay Morgan

      That’s the world of cable news for ya. The whole thing was a mess. I spent the first couple days thinking ‘How do people still believe Jesus was a white man?’ But then I thought maybe a lot of people think that, even a lot of decent people who’ve never had their cultural assumptions challenged. Sure, I satirize things like this, but I guess if I want to find some way to be personally productive it’s to continually commit to reviewing my own assumptions and where I might be wrong too. I just hope I never come off as arrogant (and foolish) as M. Kelly on this particular panel discussion.

      • http://steadilyskippingstones.com/ Michelle Moran

        I definitely grew up thinking that – and all the pictures I was ever presented with are what informed that opinion. I mean, no one ever said to me, “Jesus is a white guy; pass it on.” And like you said, we don’t change those thoughts or opinions until they are challenged or corrected. The difference between Aisha and me, though, is that all those countless images she was presented of “the way things ought to be” showed her something different from herself. Anyway, this is just a hot topic for me and I need to blather on in my own blog instead of yours.

        As for the rest, I can’t think of a time when you’ve ever come across as either arrogant or foolish. You will think something through and decide your true (as opposed to knee-jerk) opinion before you write about it, and that makes a big difference. There are some bloggers that I truly think are great people, but I don’t connect with their body of work for that reason – they write as though their opinion is THE opinion. It’s hard not to be preachy sometimes when we write about our personal opinions, but I don’t really get that from you. I think you do a fine job already of challenging your thoughts and keeping an open mind. Even when you have a strong opinion, you acknowledge that there are others besides your own. You’ve certainly challenged me many, many times, but in a way that I was able to listen and absorb and think about. In a “did you ever think about this?” kind of way. Preachy, “here’s what you’re doing wrong, Michelle!” posts just make me push back and I gain nothing.

        Also, funny is good. Honky Jesus and Cracker Santa? Please. You had me at hello. But my favorite is ERRBODY. Loved that. Love, love, loved it.

        • http://ClayWrites.com/ Clay Morgan

          I really appreciate that Michelle. Thank you for the encouragement. Especially as I consider my role in the universe as a blogger and prepare for Phase III or adventures in weblogging after the New Year.

          • http://steadilyskippingstones.com/ Michelle Moran

            Yeah, I’m already nervous about that. Don’t go away is all. :)

          • http://ClayWrites.com/ Clay Morgan

            Nervous! Don’t be nervous. I’m about to be back more than I’ve been around in a long time. Excited.

          • http://steadilyskippingstones.com/ Michelle Moran

            I’m more like JR. with the no change is fine with me viewpoint. I still miss “what is up everybody?” and your old theme music. But that sounds like great change. And if you have time for blogging, then what I’m maybe hearing is book 2 beginning to be wrapped up? More things to be excited about! I really can’t wait to hear about the ghosty stuff. Yay. :)