Kelly was trying to rebut an article published on the online site Slate.
Author Aisha Harris argued that Santa shouldn’t be white anymore, well, because historically, he likely wasn’t. The area of Greece he came from is part of Turkey today.
Based on forensic research, according to Stewart, St. Nicolas looked more like one of the three wise men than today’s depiction of a jolly white man with rosy red cheeks.
“There’d probably be no Christmas if he looked like that dude,” said the comedian. “Because he’d probably be on the ‘no fly’ list.”
But Kelly would have none of it. “For all you kids watching at home, Santa just is white,” Kelly said on the air. “Jesus was a white man, too,” she added.
“He was a historical figure; that is a verifiable fact. As is Santa, I just want the kids watching to know that,” she erroneously explained.
Stewart was more than puzzled. “Who are you actually talking to?” he asked on his show.
“Children who are sophisticated enough to be watching a news channel at 10 o’clock at night, yet innocent enough to believe Santa Claus is real, yet racist enough to be freaked out if he isn’t white?”
Stephen Colbert, whose show follows Stewart on the Comedy Channel, also had a few things to say about Kelly’s segment.
“A black Santa is a terrible idea. If a homeowner in Florida sees a black man coming down their chimney, he is going to get shot,” the comedian jibed.
Then, things got really weird at Fox.
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