December 16th, 2013
09:15 PM ET

Fox anchor defends White Santa remarks

Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, who caused quite a stir for suggesting that Santa and Jesus were white, is taking on her critics.

She insisted on her show Friday that the whole controversy was motivated by "race-baiting" and because she works at Fox.

"This would be funny if it was not so telling about our society, in particular the knee-jerk reaction to race- baiting and to assume the worst of people. Especially the people employed by the very powerful Fox News Channel." Kelly continued, "neither my statement nor Harris' were motivated by racial fear or self loathing."

Did Kelly need to apologize or did she have a point?

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  1. Carl

    It's hard to be humbled when your right, Santa is white, period

    December 18, 2013 at 1:23 pm | Reply
  2. Tony de Leon

    I think the red suit you can use either people Black, White, Hispanic […]. To celebrate sharing gifts and eating, which is really "the commercial sense of Christmas", where the image obtained from Religious people of Jesus' birth is not what God wants from us. God made a "plan" for the benefit of man (woman) and is the person of Christ and not his birth that brings the ticket the redemption of mankind. With this in mind each in the religious context puts the desired attire to celebrate this moment (Christmas) although it has not Christian reasons rather than paganism. Santa Claus is only a Post Office in Indiana, US.

    December 17, 2013 at 11:25 am | Reply
  3. Joey at Purdue Univ

    Words matter...

    I once had a former roommate refer to me as a "white guy in a brown skin." I don't think he meant any harm by it, but I had to reject the statement outright. I think what he intended to say was that even though I may look Indian, even though I had family overseas, I still enjoyed football & beers & barbecue as much as any other guy raised in the Midwest.

    But I think using the feature of a white skin as some sort of litmus test for authenticity or traditionalism raises a false equivalency that says "being white makes you more American than anyone else that happened to be born and raised in this country." Heck, there's Chinese Americans whose families were building the railroads in the west 50 years before a lot of the Irish & Italian American families got to Ellis Island.

    So... who's to say what color Santa is? I've never seen him, never talked to the guy, and I'm pretty sure the guy at the mall is just an actor. And maybe we all ought to go put a toy in the donation bins outside of Wal Mart or help out with the local food drive at the homeless mission, or we're all getting coal in our stockings.

    December 17, 2013 at 12:32 am | Reply
  4. DH

    The point is that the origin of Santa Claus aka St Nickolas is from the Nordic races, a white culture, that has grown due to capitalism to the whole world. I think it's fine that other cultures celebrate this Winter Feast with their own cultural view point but the origin is still Nordic.

    December 17, 2013 at 12:14 am | Reply
  5. DRew KaliMan

    Jimmy Kimmel Presents the Fox News Version of It’s a Wonderful Life by Matt Wilstein 11:26 am, December 13th, 2013

    Last night, Jimmy Kimmel took Fox News’ escalated fight against the War on Christmas as an opportunity to present a new promo for the classic film It’s A Wonderful Life. In Fox News world, the story of George Bailey’s triumph over greed becomes “Mr. Potter and the Commies of Bedford Falls.”

    Before Kimmel showed the updated trailer, he looked back at Megyn Kelly’‘s recent attempt to assure all the “kids” watching her 9pm show that Santa Claus — as well as Jesus — “just is white.”

    The (Race) War on Christmas: Megyn Kelly Declares ‘Santa Claus Just Is White’ and So Was Jesus by Tommy Christopher December 12th, 2013

    After Monica Crowley said “you can’t take facts and then try to change them to fit some sort of a political agenda or a sensitively agenda,” Kimmel shot back, “You can’t? I thought that was Fox News’ business model.”

    Megyn Kelly Will Address ‘White Santa’ Controversy Tonight on Her Show
    by Andrew Kirell December 13th, 2013 http://www.mediaite.com/tv/megyn-kelly-will-address-white-santa-controversy-tonight-on-her-show/

    Watch video below, via ABC:

    December 16, 2013 at 9:53 pm | Reply
    • Joey at Purdue Univ

      As "It's a Wonderful Life" is one of my favorite all time films, I gotta say that was brilliance. Not since Dana Carvey as George Bailey in SNL's satire of the "lost ending" has there been a more apropos satire. Good on ya, Kimmel.

      December 18, 2013 at 12:45 am | Reply

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