Saying “Merry Christmas” is problematic in The Santa Clauses


The Santa Clauses: Apparently they say "Merry Christmas" is "problematic"

Matilda Lawler, Elizabeth Allen-Dick, Austin Kane, Tim Allen and Elizabeth Mitchell The Santas
Photo: Disney/James Clark (Getty Images)

Ah, the imaginary one War on Christmas. It’s a battle conservatives have been waging for years, despite the fact that the Christian holiday is alive and well. Mary Carey still sings, Hallmark still makes movies and there’s even a new one Santa series on the horizon. Unfortunately, in that parallel universe, Christmas is in some Real issue.

And no, these problems are no fun, goofball: “If we don’t get to the North Pole in time, Christmas won’t happen!” variety – at least not canceled in the traditional sense. In fact, Santa’s worries are in The Santas look suspiciously like something that anti-wake activist Tim Allen might say. In one scene, his character Reportedly complains that “Saying ‘Merry Christmas to all’ has suddenly become problematic.”

Look, we can’t speak for the Santas cinematic universe. We can only point out that it is an interesting thing to broadcast on Disney+a company’s streaming service that is historically quite friendly to Christmas. What was going on in the writers’ heads when they wrote this semi-political one-liner? deadline asked showrunner Jack Burditt, who is also Allen’s (somewhat polarizing) comedy TV series Last standing manas the writers went “back and forth” on the “lighting rod” comment.

“Yes, we did,” Burditt said. “This is something that I just think is stupid, but then I’m like, I don’t know.” How enlightening! This is the kind of inside baseball conversation that really invites you in the mind of a writer.

“I mean, look, we also had a joke at one point that Santa is doing his rounds, they’re going to land and someone is shooting something at him,” he adds. And Noel the elf [who rides with Santa], says something like, “A war on Christmas!” I’m like, yeah, I don’t want to go that far.”

Didn’t you want to go so far as to… actually be kind of funny? That field is at least a step up from Santa’s woe-is-me whining. Maybe the big man has a “cute but safe playpen somewhere” to deal with the fear that not everyone is celebrating their favorite holiday.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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