Al Franken weighs in on Santa race controversy: "Maybe, you know, he's Jewish" [AUDIO]

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'Tis the season... for arguments about Santa's race?
Earlier this month, Fox News host Megyn Kelly raised eyebrows with a rant about Santa's race.

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In response to a Slate column written by a woman whose family celebrated Christmas with a black Santa, Kelly said, "Santa just is white... Just because it makes you feel uncomfortable doesn't mean it has to change."

Here's video of her entire rant:



This holiday season, Al Franken organized a bipartisan "Secret Santa" gift exchange for senators. Asked by NPR why he wanted to do that, Franken, with his tongue planted firmly in cheek, weighed in on the Kelly controversy.

"Well, why not?" Franken said. "You know, there's been a lot of controversy about the ethnicity of Santa lately, and, maybe, you know, he's Jewish too. Maybe he's Jewish."

Here's the NPR audio:



As live-and-let-live types, we're fine with Santas of all shapes, sizes, and colors -- black Santas, Jewish Santas, hell, even Bad Santas. Whatever you prefer.

h/t -- Talking Points Memo

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Dana Froehlig
Dana Froehlig

franken has done more in one term than most in a political career... rupub haters there's a giant dick to ride at sexworld...

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

The historical St. Nicholas was a Turk.  I doubt the target audience for Fox News would consider him to be "White," whatever the hell "White" is anyway.

Charlie Howerton
Charlie Howerton

Why can't we have a white Zorro why does he have to be brown. I would write all the papers and send blasts out to all tv stations but I have a life. Have we come to a place that we have to start changing fictitious story's now. People if you don't like the color of your Santa just change it. I doubt Santa's family will file a law suit against you ( that's not legal advice I'm not a attorney so don't file one against me. Wishing all Christians a Mary Christmas of all colors

LynniAnn
LynniAnn

It's sad that people don't listen to the newscasters and just make sarcastic comments.  Santa Claus is white and that's a fact--check the bible.  This is just another hipster saying "oh we're so cool" and don't have to believe in the Bible.

_Joe_
_Joe_

While this is hilarious, I also find it rather scary.  The question of Santa's ethnicity is part of the same "war on christmas" that they roll out when they're not allowed to steamroll other people with their religious views.  They are completely unrelated and have zero historical relation, but they are used to keep their viewers whipped up into a frothy righteous fury.


It's like watching a big dumb dog chasing it's own tail.  Sure it's fucking hilarious...  until it's owner sics it on you.

Jennifer Bozich
Jennifer Bozich

People trying to have fun in the work place? Shame on them!

Shayne O'Neil
Shayne O'Neil

Franken is a non essential part of government. What an embarrassment.

yoopie93
yoopie93

@LynniAnn  I'm going to go ahead and assume that your comment is pure sarcasm and is in no way real.  That way, I won't have to excoriate you by pointing out the mind-numbing fallacies in your comment, such as how Santa Claus isn't real and thus has no real identity. Or perhaps how there is no actual mention of Santa Claus in the Bible.  Or how one need not be a "hipster" to think they're "cool" by not choosing not to believe in the set of fantastical morality tales that you call the Bible.  But you're smarter than that, and were actually satirizing the type of person who typically comments on boards like this with hyperbolic replies to inconsequential events, such as a U.S. senator making a joke.  Right?

yoopie93
yoopie93

You are a non-essential part of this comment board.

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