Megyn Kelly: ‘Santa is white’ remark taken out of context by ‘race baiters’

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Megyn Kelly brought a firestorm down on Fox News last week when she specifically addressed “all the kids watching at home,” and then insisted, “Santa is white.”

Now Kelly is claiming that her remarks, which came as part of a response to a Slate piece by black author Aisha Harris called “Santa Claus should not be a white man anymore,” were taken out of context. Her comments, she said, was meant to be humorous.

Harris wrote about her childhood discomfort with the mainstream portrayal of Santa Claus as white and said Santa Claus should be a penguin in order to be more inclusive. Kelly said she took the penguin remark as tongue-and-cheek, and said her response to it during her segment “The Kelly File” was equally tongue-and-cheek.

“It’s so ridiculous: Yet another person claiming it’s racist to have a white Santa,” Kelly said during the Dec. 11 segment. “Santa just is white. This person (Harris) is just arguing that maybe we should also have a black Santa. But, you know, Santa is what he is, and just so, you know, we are just debating this because someone wrote about it, kids.”

Critics have bashed Kelly’s opposition to a Santa of color. That group included the Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart, who compared one of Kelly’s remarks — “Just because it makes you feel uncomfortable doesn’t mean it has to change” — to the “dictionary definition of oppression.”

CNN’s Don Lemon tended to focus on Kelly’s remarks about Jesus, who Kelly also said was “factually” white during her Santa monologue.

“Where she (Kelly) lost me was with the Jesus thing,” Lemon said. “We don’t really know the skin color of Jesus, but it’s highly likely he had an olive complexion given that he was a Middle Eastern man living in the first century.”

Kelly called Stewart, Lemon, and the rest of her detractors “race baiters” and “humorless.”

“I realize that the (Slate) piece by Harris, which went on to argue that Santa should be a penguin, was tongue in cheek,” Kelly said in her response this week. “That’s, in part, why we covered the story in the first place. Humor is part of what we try to bring to this show. But sometimes that’s lost on the humorless.

“This would be funny if it were not so telling about our society – in particular, the knee jerk instinct by so many to race bait and to assume the worst in people, especially people employed by the very powerful FOX News Channel,” Kelly continued. “Contrary to what my critics have posited, neither my statement nor Harris’, I’m sure was motivated by any racial fear or loathing.”

Kelly only briefly spoke to her remark that Jesus is also white.

“As I’ve learned in the past two days, that is far from settled,” she said, giving no indication about whether that statement was tongue-and-cheek, as well.

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15 comments

  • cardsfan78

    We’re talking about a mythical figure here that has legendary origins.

    But, the modern day Santa Claus is derived from the Dutch figure of “Sinterklass”. Which, in turn, has part of its basis in Hagiographa tales concerning the historical figure of Christian Bishop and gift-giver Saint Nicholas…..all of which are white!!!!

    During the Christianization of Germanic Europe, this figure may have absorbed elements of the god Odin, who was associated with the Germanic pagan midwinter event of Yule and led the Wild Hunt, a ghostly procession through the sky. Over time, traits of this character and the British folklore character Father Christmas merged to form the modern Santa Claus known today.

    But again, we are talking about a mythical figure here. He could be “purple” for all we know!!!!!!

    Thank you Wikipedia.

  • Diane

    I am black, my child took his Christmas picture with Santa, on Sunday, who was white, and I really don’t care-he enjoyed it and that is all that mattered to me.

  • Steve T.

    What’s next you STUPID reporters? Are you going to tell children that SANTA does not exist? You’re fired & yes for being STUPID.

  • DR Commish

    “Hypersensitivity”… the NEW, incurable cancer…. Though Liberals and Democrats are far more susceptible to its malignancy…. it may just destroy us all.

  • cardsfan78

    “Where she (Kelly) lost me was with the Jesus thing,” Lemon said. “We don’t really know the skin color of Jesus, but it’s highly likely he had an olive complexion given that he was a Middle Eastern man living in the first century.”

    Jesus a was of Jewish decent…I think we could surmise that his skin was on the “light side”. I think Jesus would much more prefer that he is a Mediterranean man living in the first century which would account for the “olive” color skin over a Middle Eastern man….or not. Maybe we should ask an Iraqi..

    Curious, was Montezuma from Canada?????

    This is what is wrong with today’s society. People try so hard to be “politically Correct” that they make themselves look stupid!!!!

    A black man is a black man….a white man is a white man….call them what they are……!!!

  • Mike

    Come on everyone there is “sick humor” watching the media think they are smarter than they really are. Thomas Paine and Edward R. Murrow must be sharing a barf bag! Health Care? NSA Spying? The 6 Americans that were killed yesterday in the war the media forgot about?

    Santa, what color? BLAME THE SPONSORS FOR THIS TRASH!!!

  • Ernie

    I believe that when you make an issue of race in this situation, it shows poor judgement because the world is not a sorority in Middle America, the world includes large countries who are non-white and who practice Christianity and their Santa is not white.

    • DR Commish

      To “Fast”…. Yes, to the “Left” it is. And if you need more proof of the ignorance, and hypersensitivity on the ‘Left…. They also think that, “Black Friday”, “Citizen, and “Brown Bag” need to be banned as well. (True… Google it…)

  • cardsfan78

    Soon all black, brown, and yellow crayons will be removed from a box of crayolas…and since there is no such thing as racism directed towards the white crayon it will stay….

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