In a video that has “gone viral,” a mall Santa, socially distanced of course, engages in conduct that by Ethics Alarms standards triggered a duty to confront on behalf of the mother of the child he mistreated.
I wish we could determine when and where this episode occurred; I half expect to find out that it was staged by Breitbart or James O’Keefe. Assuming the video is genuine, howeverit is an example of a Santa Claus seriously abusing his authority.
In the video, a little boy is seen sitting across a table from Santa who asks, “What do you want for Christmas?” The child inaudibly asks for a toy gun, and Santa responds, “No guns.” Even after the mother clarifies that her son only meant a Nerf gun—you know, these sinister playthings…
—not that it was a mall Santa’s business to veto any kind of toy gun, or any toy at all—the right jolly old elf behaved like a jackass in spite of himself, saying, “Nope, not even a Nerf gun. If your dad wants to get it for you that’s fine, but I can’t bring it to you.”(Why would dad be the one to buy a toy gun, you stereotyping sexist?) “What else would you like?” Faux Santa continued. “Lots of other toys! Legos, bicycles, there’s cars and trucks. What do you think?”
The boy then starts to cry.
That was the point where Mom needed to tell her child that she just noticed that THIS Santa was an evil imposter sent by the Grinch to wreck Christmas. Then she should have gotten in Fake Santa’s fake Santa face and told him he ought to be ashamed of himself, complained to the management, and made sure the jerk never gets behind a team of reindeer again.
A mall Santa Claus has a single job, one: to try to bolster a childhood Christmas fantasy that has become harder and harder to maintain as the culture becomes poisoned with cynicism and politics . The scary Santa in “A Christmas Story” who dashes Ralphie’s hopes by telling him that a Red Ryder rifle will shoot his eye out may be a funny gag, but the film wasn’t supposed to ne an instructional video.
I fully expect that Joe Biden’s America will be rife with these illicit indoctrination efforts regarding guns, speech restrictions, climate change, open borders, racial spoils, white male denigration and a whole lot more, so we all better Cowboy Up and prepare to push back effectively.