Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly found herself embroiled in controversy after declaring on cable television that Santa Claus is … a white man. The remark was made in response to a piece in Slate in which Aisha Harris suggested that the traditional, melanin-deficient Santa be retired and replaced by a penguin.
— Joan Walsh (@joanwalsh) December 14, 2013
The comment caused such a backlash that Kelly addressed it on “The Kelly File” Friday night. Race cop Joan Walsh likely missed the broadcast, so here’s video of the segment.
So, was it just a tongue-in-cheek comment, or is the firestorm far from over? Plenty had already lined up to pile on.
Megyn Kelly on Fox: "“For all you kids watching at home, Santa just is white,” // Now that"s cleared up, what color is the Easter Bunny?
— Harry Shearer (@theharryshearer) December 13, 2013
grown adults fighting about the race of a fictional character. i wish megyn kelly were fictional but she's real. oh lord, she is real.
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) December 13, 2013
Megyn Kelly to produce all white version of 12 Years A Slave.
— Albert Brooks (@AlbertBrooks) December 13, 2013
Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly has declared that both Santa & Jesus are white and MUST REMAIN WHITE. Glad that's cleared up. #HappyHolidays
— Tom Morello (@tmorello) December 13, 2013
Santa is not real and Jesus was not white.
— Mother Jones (@MotherJones) December 12, 2013
.@megynkelly Ok. Let me get this straight. You're saying Jesus and Santa are white. What about Lando Calrissian? He's still black, right?
— RainnWilson (@rainnwilson) December 12, 2013
.@megynkelly the Tooth Fairy is still white, right?? I need to be careful about who I let into my kid's bedroom at night LMK
— Jason Biggs (@JasonBiggs) December 12, 2013
I don't recall anyone on @megynkelly's panel laughing or her saying, "oh, I'm joking." She should still do a panel on the power of images.
— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) December 14, 2013
— Jeff Tiedrich (@jefftiedrich) December 13, 2013
Will Kelly be forgiven, or should she expect a lump of coal in her stocking this Christmas?