Megyn Kelly claimed to have been moved by an editorial in Slate arguing that Santa Claus should not be a white man anymore. But Kelly interrupted a discussion about it on her Kelly File show to reassure children and other viewers that Santa is, in fact, white.
Kelly revealed a hint of the racial antipathy we have previously documented from her when she confessed that before she read the editorial, she had thought it “ridiculous” that “yet another person” (and we know whom she meant) was calling it racist to have a white Santa. Then, before going to her imbalanced panel of two conservatives and one liberal (not counting Kelly), she said:
And by the way, for all you kids watching at home, Santa just is white but this person just arguing that maybe we should also have a black Santa but Santa is what he is. Just so you know, we’re just debating this because someone wrote about it, kids. OK, wanted to get that straight.
Later, Kelly said:
Just because it makes you feel uncomfortable doesn’t mean it has to change. I mean, Jesus was a white man, too. He was a historical figure and that’s verifiable fact, as is Santa - I just want the kids watching to know that.
She also put up a photo of a white Santa and said, “Look at him. How can he be alienating?"
Kelly didn't just reveal her own bias against people of color - and their sensitivities - here. She also revealed a confidence that her viewers would be sympathetic with it.
Video below via Media Matters.