• Thu, Dec 12 - 4:00 pm ET

Fox News Anchor Really Wants Kids To Know Santa And Jesus Are White

128223789Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly was so uncomfortable with the idea of a black Santa, she took the time to address children from her anchor chair to let them know Santa and Jesus are white, thank you very much. 

Her and her panel of all white people were discussing Aisha Harris‘s recent piece in Slate, Santa Claus Should Not Be A White Man Anymore. She brings up the title of the article to her all-white panel of guests, chuckles and says:

Yet another person claiming it’s racist to have a white Santa. And by the way for all of you kids watching at home, Santa just is white, but this person is arguing that maybe we should also have a black Santa. Santa is what he is.”

Just like a Fox anchor to take a nuanced article about the way the representation of Santa made a young woman feel left out and scream racism. Harris never mentions racism – she mentions inclusivity. She pitches the idea of a Santa penguin – a creature that would make kids of all backgrounds feel welcome. Kelly isn’t having it:

“You know, I’ve given her her due. Just because it makes you feel uncomfortable doesn’t mean it has to change,” Kelly said. “Jesus was a white man, too. It’s like we have, he’s a historical figure that’s a verifiable fact, as is Santa, I just want kids to know that. How do you revise it in the middle of the legacy in the story and change Santa from white to black?”

One of her panelists adds that Santa Claus is actually based on St. Nicolas, a real Greek person – so he’s white. She says, “You can’t take facts and try to change them to fit some sort of political agenda.” Yes, making all kids feel included in the stories and celebrations of Christmas is definitely a political agenda.

Kelly, just because it makes you uncomfortable, doesn’t mean it can’t change.

By the way – Jesus was black.

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  • CMJ

    Methinks she doesn’t actually know the definition of “fact.”

    • keelhaulrose

      Well, it is a ‘fact’ that most white churches portray Jesus as a white man. And Fox sure does like to warp things.

    • Tinyfaeri

      What, a fact isn’t something you really, really want to be true so you can be correct all the time?

    • mommabeer

      I believe that’s called “truthiness.”

  • pixie

    Oh yes, because back when Jesus was around, people in the Middle East were blond-haired, blue-eyed Aryans. /sarcasm
    I think Santa should be whatever colour a child thinks he should be. I see nothing wrong with a child believing he is black, asian, white, latino, Native American, or anything else. If a child really wanted to believe Santa was a three-eyed, purple alien from the planet Northpoleica, that’s cool too. I’m all in favour for portraying Santa as a wide variety of races and being all inclusive. He should be a magical symbol of joy and inclusivity for children, rather than exclusive and racist (there is also nothing wrong with children believing Santa is a different race than their own). I don’t ever remember even thinking about his race when I was a child. Most of them in my community were white, but if I saw one of a different race, I didn’t bat an eye at it or think it was wrong in any way.

    • EX

      This. Santa is magic. If he can fit down our chimney, land his sleigh with all 8 reindeer on our roof and deliver gifts to everyone’s house more or less simultaneously, he can be whatever color anyone wants him to be.

    • AP

      Historically, Jesus would look like the average Man on the Street you’d see in Israel, Palestine, Egypt, Syria, etc.

      Historically, Saint Nicholas was a Greek bishop, so he’d also be Medterranian-looking. Dominic the Donkey is more historically accurate than the Coke Santa.

    • pixie

      I know, but try convincing some people of that and you’re likely to get a brain aneurysm. I have met people who legitimately believe Jesus was white and would argue until they were blue in the face that Jesus looks like the stereotypical white man paintings of him. This news woman from Fox is obviously one of those people.

    • Tinyfaeri

      But… “been in that painting on the wall in my church my whole life” = “historical fact” … right?

  • Kay_Sue

    What does the fox say?

    Ring-ding-ding-ding RACE CARD! Wa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pow WELFARE! Hatee-hatee-hatee-ho ABORTION! Joff-tchoff-tchoff-tchoff-tchoff-OBAMACARE!

    This just seems par for the course at this point.

    • keelhaulrose

      I laughed too hard at this…

    • http://twitter.com/mariaguido Maria Guido

      I just died.

    • CMJ

      You forgot Benghazi. God they love Benghazi.

    • Kay_Sue

      Damn. I knew I was missing one.

    • Bethany Ramos

      So much lol!!!

    • FaintlyXMacabre

      OMFG this is my favorite thing in the tubes today.

    • Bunny Lucia

      So I think we know who’s winning comment of the week this week.

      I might just put this on my tumblr and/or facebook. This is a little too priceless to be confined to the comments section of a Mommyish article.

    • Shelly Lloyd

      Kay_Sue wins the internet! Seriously this needs to be the comment of the week.

  • keelhaulrose

    Well, Jesus is the Son of God, therefore I’d guess God could make him whatever color He wants, even if his mother and his mother’s husband are Middle Eastern (I’m trying to give the benefit of the doubt)
    As for Santa, the great Coca Cola told me he’s a white man. And frankly, I’d love to see what Fox said about him if he was commonly portrayed as a black man. It would probably be something along the yearly crime spree with a man breaking and entering.

  • Janok Place

    Right, Jesus was one of those white middle eastern fellows. And Christian, clearly. Not that he could possibly be considered Jewish. That would be crazy talk. Christians are right and everyone else is wrong. Wow… the people they let on television and expect people to take seriously.

    • ambigon

      But people do take such people seriously. That is the crazy part.

  • LiteBrite

    Merry Christmas Fox News!

  • Mystik Spiral

    Santa and Jesus are black now?

    Thanks, Obama.

    • Amber Starr

      ……….what with your “healthcare for all”.


  • TngldBlue

    Ah the Fox News Brain Trust at it again. When will certain people realize that it’s not the kids that care about color?

    • Iwill Findu

      kids like all the free stuff. Lets make Santa’s skin gift wrap colours. I’m thinking candy cane colours, since candy canes also belong to Christmas

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    • Michelle Pittman

      of course he was…and his robe was red, white and blue and when he was baptized, it wasn’t a dove that flew into the sky…it was a bald eagle #murica *facepalming right with you

    • Amber Starr

      And, let us not forget, he had a stockpile of rocket launchers and assorted guns because Jesus was a FIRM supporter of the 2nd Amendment WAAAAAAAAAY before it was even a thing.

      USA!! USA!! USA!!

  • EmmaFromÉire

    It must really suck for them that Jesus was a middle eastern Jew.

    • LiteBrite

      But he was still white! Don’t you understand “facts?” :)

  • Elisa Probert

    Santa is Grinch-green. Or he will be after he hears about this!

  • Z’Mom

    WHY is this network considered news? With all the things going on in the world, this is what they are arguing about? They DO know Santa Claus is a fictional character, right? And for some, so is Jesus. Next they’ll be arguing about the race of the Tooth Fairy. So much face palm.

    • ElleJai

      Santa”s based on a real guy, there’s a reconstruction from his skeleton wandering around the internet lately.

  • JadePanda

    Since when do Fox News panelists (or viewers) think Greeks are white? My awesome neighbors are from Greece and I still cannot convince my redneck, Palin-worshipping family that they aren’t Mexican or Arab.

  • DatNanny

    Wow. I can almost see a speck of logic in claiming Santa as white, simply because historical depictions (and hell, the Coca-Cola ads that gave us the red suit) have portrayed him as white. I think most of our depictions of Santa have Scandinavian origins. All right. Historical depiction in no way means 2013 Santa can’t be black. I can simply see that there is a certain Santa iconography we have been following for quite a while now.

    The completely insane part to me is the JESUS IS WHITE claim. Er, no, if you want to talk about facts, no, Jesus would not have been a pale white man.

    Also what really grinds me is addressing children, as if she’s somehow comforting them from the notion of Santa not being white. Wow.

  • FF4life

    I thought historically Jesus was of middle eastern decent?

  • RevBex

    I can’t even – I just – this is what makes me so mad! Why are people who claim to follow this faith so ignorant?! If Jesus showed up in their studio, they’d possibly freak out and claim he looked like a terrorist; he was Middle Eastern and , according to the Biblical account, kinda homely. If St. Nicholas, a Greek with great B&E skills, and a deep love for the poor and underprivileged of all races, came skulking around their office they’d have him deported as an alien and socialist! They are the ones who would lead the war on Christmas – no Jesus, no St. Nick; just people who all look alike, shop alike, and think alike. I can come up with no idea further from the “true” meaning of Christmas.

  • Katja Yount

    Wait… Jesus was white?

  • Michelle Pittman

    Jesus was JEWISH…NOT WHITE…because yes, there were so many white people in the Middle East around 1AD…people are…flipping crazy!!!

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