Christmas is fast approaching, which means we have an entire jolly month to look forward to (see The Christmas Guide to Dealing With Liberals… If You Must). One filled with loud decor and holiday cheer. Also “fat shaming,” as one family calls it…
A North Carolina mother wants the local Santa Claus fired after saying things that put her 9-year-old son in tears.
Anthony was asking for an iPod Touch and a drone for Christmas when the family said he was body shamed. “When he got done, he said ‘Lay off the hamburgers and french fries,'” [the boy] recalled. “And that really just disrespected me, and I felt awful.”
“It affected me so bad that I was crying until I went to bed that night. And I want to say to him, ‘You don’t disrespect a 9-year-old. Even thought what shape and size you are, it doesn’t matter.'”
He later tore up his picture with Mr. Claus.
If I may venture a guess as to Mr. Claus’ intentions, maybe he had the boy’s best interest at heart. Sure, he’s rather rotund too. But Santa is a slave to the holidays – being fat is part of the job description. After all, those cookies and milk aren’t going to eat themselves. You are the ones who insist on leaving them out at every single house. What’s a polite, jolly old fatso supposed to do? This boy on the other hand? Not indentured to a life of Christmas servitude, slave to the cookies and milk beckoning him down the chimney with care.
Santa’s advice may have been inappropriate. But misdirected? Not so much. A kid who gets winded from talking can stand to lose a few pounds.
The mother of the boy complained and Santa apologized. But that wasn’t enough. Her precious Bon Bon Boy deserves more. Sometimes more cookies, but in this case Santa’s decapitated head. Beard and all. So she’s calling on the mall to fire him. Now various networks and online platforms are rallying to stand up to Saint Nick-a-few-inches-from-your-belly. Mostly thanks to the mom’s misplaced “outrage.” But hey, she must have her pound of flesh. She certainly won’t dock it from her baby waby.
Look, nobody’s saying Santa should be rude to innocent kids. Was he out of line for telling a boy to say no to cake, yes to kale? Sure. But if anger is directed at anybody, it should be herself. Mayhaps sipping eggnog and looking the other way while not so tiny Tim goes for his third helping of honey baked ham isn’t helping.
Also, for the love of God, don’t saddle your child onto strangers. You may have heaved around his heft for nine months, but not everyone else has the stamina.
What could have been laughed off quickly ballooned into something way bigger and more dramatic than it had to be. Not unlike the victim of this story. Yes, Santa’s remarks were rude and uncalled for. But leading a witch hunt – spurred on by the media – for a dude who said something that happens to be true? A little overkill. It also does precisely zero in the way of helping the child. Who has since been paraded like a holiday ham, with heaping ladles of maple syrup for good measure.
It’s far better to protect feelings than, say, cut down on the risk for diabetes. Or maybe keep the cameras off his pubescent puffy face. Sound familiar (see Colorado College Encourages Good Health. Students Protest “BODY SHAMING!!!”)? Not that we’d expect much else in 2016. Leftist outrage culture breeds… Well, outrage (read Dear Perpetually Outraged and Offended Wimps: Get a Life!). Thanks, political correctness.
Good luck to this kid (name purposefully omitted in our text, but still stamped on the video), who will forever be remembered as the not-little boy whose mommy tried to get Santa fired for calling him tubby. Thanks to the internet, this kid’s history is burned forever in the digital space of the world wide web. Thanks binary code. No thanks to this kid’s mom. Next time focus less on his present feelings, and focus more on the kid’s future, his time in high school, college and all those job applications he’ll fill out using a name forever associated with being a too large for Santa’s lap.
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