Fox’s Megyn Kelly yesterday admitted that Jesus might not be 'white' after all. Possibly under pressure from producers at Fox News, and not some divine inspiration. Kelly continues the fine tradition at Fox News to pretend there is a "War on Christmas." Now she is backing off.
It could have been the realization that these "jokes" and "funny race-baiting" bits go too far. For example, British broadcaster Martin Bashir was bounced from MSNBC for his comments about Sarah Palin, calling her "America’s resident dunce."
Will Kelly get a reprieve for this?
Kelly caused this mini-media firestorm when she asserted in a Fox News broadcast that Santa Claus and Jesus were both white. While Kelly did not address the issue of Santa saying, "Santa just is white," Kelly did back off on Jesus.
Kelly addressed the issue on her Fox News show"The Kelly File," and the "queen of race-baiting" is now accusing her critics of race-baiting. Megyn Kelly took on her critics on Friday, reminded them that her comments were tongue-in-cheek.
The alleged humor-filled Kelly said, "Humor is what we try to bring to this show, but that’s lost on the humorless. This would be funny if it were not so telling about our society, in particular, the knee-jerk instinct by so many to race-bait and to assume the worst in people, especially people employed by the very powerful Fox News Channel."
Kelly felt the need to respond to the Slate writer Aisha Harris, who had recently published an op-ed headlined "Santa Claus Should Not Be a White Man Anymore." In it, Harris recalled feeling "insecurity and shame" growing up as a black girl with a white Santa.
"Isn't it time that our image of Santa better serve all the children he delights each Christmas?" she ponders. The Slate piece is thoughtful and insightful. It expresses the feeling of what it is like to grow up black in America.
Kelly ignored that part of the debate, and instead decided to appeal to the Fox News base, which is older, male and overwhelmingly white.
On her show The Kelly File, Megyn said, "When I saw this headline, I kind of laughed and I said, ‘Oh, this is so ridiculous. Yet another person claiming it's racist to have a white Santa.'"
"And, by the way, for all you kids watching at home, Santa just is white," she continued. "But this person is arguing that we should also have a black Santa, but, you know, Santa is what he is, just so you know, we're just debating this."
More accurately, Kelly should have said, "For the kids watching, turn away for a minute. We're not debating here. We're race-baiting."
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