Just days after a firestorm of criticism was hurled toward Fox News commentator Megyn Kelly regarding the statements she made about Santa Claus and Jesus Christ being white men, the satirical Freewood Post reports that instead of admitting her error and/or apologizing in a genuine manner that she doubled-down when she thought she was speaking off the record.
Megyn Kelly- Image: Fox News
Freewood Post, Dec. 19th- Believing her microphone was off,-when asked to clarify her Jesus and Santa remarks-by one of the program’s panelists democratic strategist Bernard Whitman, who appeared on the program, Kelly said: “Look, every significant historical figure has been white.” Whitman pointed out historical figures of color- (Rosa Park, MLK, Gandhi, Mandela, etc.) - Kelly’s response: “They are not significant.” Whitman stormed off the set.
The fumble in question for which Kelly became “Onion” like fodder and the reason for which the above statements are so darn believable are based upon the following remarks she made surrounding an essay by Aisha Harris at Slate.com entitled “Santa Claus Should Not Be a White Man Anymore.” -on Fox News’ Dec. 12th program :
“For all you kids watching at home, Santa just is white, but this person is just arguing that maybe we should also have a black Santa. But Santa is what he is.”
“Just because it makes you feel uncomfortable doesn’t mean it has to change, you know?” I mean, Jesus was a white man too. He was a historical figure, that’s a verifiable fact, as is Santa — I just want the kids watching to know that.”
Fox News Bill O’Reilly concurred with Kelly’s “Santa is white” remark. (Saying that “It doesn’t really matter.”)
Kelly’s remark about a fictional Santa Claus being “verifiably and factually” white and O’Reilly agreeing with her leaves the field wide open for speculation that maybe the Fox News desk is capable of such flight of reason illustrated in the Freewood Post’s satire.
Let it be said an unpredictable and well-spoken Kelly, who is a former attorney and is known for her beauty, and sometimes unfairly accused of being a “dumb blonde” took a firm, unexpectedly progressive stance on women in the workplace earlier in 2013. She who has also taken on Karl Rove’s faulty republican-biased magic math regarding his interpretation of the election results of 2012.
Megan Kelly is quite an anomaly, but she belongs to the Fox News collective who…..to be fair, all say some pretty kooky things.
An ACTUAL list of quotes: Courtesy of Fox News’ Commentators:
“Native Americans; They’re illegal immigrants, essentially.”- Megyn Kelly, June 2013
(Regarding their downplaying of the impact of pepper spray on student Occupy protesters at UC Davis)
O’Reilly: “First of all, pepper spray—that just burns your eyes, right?”
Kelly: “It’s like a derivative of actual pepper. It’s a food product, essentially.”- November 2011
“Here you are, you’re a liberal, probably define peace as the absence of conflict. I define peace as the ability to defend yourself and blow your enemies into smithereens.” —Fox News host Sean Hannity (October 2009)
“Sesame Street is a danger to our moral foundation- Eric Bolling, Fox and Friends- November 2011 and “I Can’t Even Sit My Kids In Front Of ‘Sesame Street’ Without Having To Worry About The Left Attempting To Undermine My Authority.” Sean Hannity November 3, 2009,
“I just wish Katrina had only hit the United Nations building, nothing else, just had flooded them out, and I wouldn’t have rescued them.” -Bill O’Reilly- Sept. 14, 2005
And Fox News Boiling Frog-Gate: Beck put a fake frog into boiling water on live television (deceiving the tv and studio audience into believing he had just boiled a frog- saying in a sincere voice: “I swear I thought they’d jump right out but they don’t.” “Glenn Beck purported to drop a frog into boiling water as a stunt designed to defend himself against attacks for having told Katie Couric the country might be better off with Barack Obama than with John McCain as president. John McCain was supposed to represent that old adage about a frog being slowly boiled to death, whereas under Obama, the tea partying 9/12ers are jumping out of the boiling water.” News Hounds, September 28th, 2009
The Freewood Post is satire, but fooled a good lot of folks (myself included, initially).
The past and present words of Fox News commentators bring this satire to life-a wooden Pinocchio dreaming of becoming a real boy, and eventually becoming just that.
Yes, Bill O’Reilly- Why it DOES matter for everyone to understand Jesus was a Jew, Santa was actually Turkish and white folks are not the center of the universe:
Geography, Ethnicity, and the Truth
Jesus was from Nazareth. Nazareth’s geographical location: Today’s Israel. And Jesus was an ethnic Jew.
Santa Claus is a Turkish and pagan figure borne from Saint Nicholas.
The ethnic lineages of the Middle East are bound by predominantly dominant traits- darker olive or brown skin, dark hair, etc.
Why is it so important for so many to believe Christ was a white man?
David Clark Scott of the Christian Science Monitor writes:
“The myth of a white Jesus is one with deep roots throughout Christian history. As early as the Middle Ages and particularly during the Renaissance, popular Western artists depicted Jesus as a white man, often with blue eyes and blondish hair. Perhaps fueled by some Biblical verses correlating lightness with purity and righteousness and darkness with sin and evil, these images sought to craft a sterile Son of God. *Christian Science Monitor-December 15, 2013
Regardless of ethnicity, creed, or whichever heritage that has been tied to all these figures, mentioned satirically or in reality- they are loved and revered.
Their importance and contributions to the world transcend color.
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, Happy Kwanzaa- Happy Holidays to all in Muncieland and within reading distance. Many happy returns.
A quote that seems appropriate- “God bless everyone. No exceptions.”