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Tod Kelly

Tod is a writer from the Pacific Northwest. He is also serves as Executive Producer and host of both the 7 Deadly Sins Show at Portland's historic Mission Theatre and 7DS: Pants On Fire! at the White Eagle Hotel & Saloon. He is  a regular inactive for Marie Claire International and the Daily Beast, and is currently writing a book on the sudden rise of exorcisms in the United States. Follow him on Twitter.

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  1. Avatar Mike Schilling says:

    Yeah, I’m sick of those filthy Arabs claiming Jesus looked like them.Report

  2. Avatar NewDealer says:

    Baby Steps, I suppose it is.Report

  3. Nob Akimoto Nob Akimoto says:

    Fox host Megyn Kelly starts out the segment saying she was prepared to use Harris’s piece as WOC fodder, but then – I can’t believe this is Fox news saying this – took the time to actually read it, and found she could empathize with where Harris is coming from.

    On the one hand, this seems such a little thing. But for Fox to take a lobbed softball like this and let it go over the plate without swinging is actually kind of heartening.

    This was of course preceded by the whole “Santa is White, that is a fact” and “Jesus was white, that’s a historical fact” type statements.Report

    • Avatar trizzlor says:

      Let’s be fair, Kelly said that Jesus was a historical figure just like Santa; there’s a few ways that can be parsed.

      But yeah, it’s an awful lot of throat-clearing just to admit that sometimes minorities feel left out.Report

  4. Avatar Mike Schilling says:

    Kelly must really have internalized the idea that black kids might be put off by a white Santa Claus. Why else would she feel it necessary to reassure the white kids every 30 seconds that Santa’s still white?Report

  5. Avatar Will H. says:

    Years ago, I had a very good friend from Tobago. Though the nation itself is “Trinidad and Tobago,” and we tend to think of them as being much the same, the people of that place view the two as markedly different.
    I think that’s a lot how FOX news is to people of the other side of the aisle, or to non-viewers generally.

    Kelly can be really cool at times.
    I also tend to like O’Reilly.
    I don’t have much use for the rest of them.Report

    • Avatar Glyph says:

      RE: “Trinidad AND Tobago” – my wife and I were recently debating the difference on this in a quasi-Seinfeldian manner (having just met a family from there).Report

  6. It’s all quite stupid (and damned offensive), but I hope you all remember that Santa is Canadian.Report

  7. Avatar Jaybird says:

    Wait, am I supposed to feel irritation when Jennifer Lawrence is cast as Katniss or not?Report

  8. Avatar Kazzy says:

    My friend’s girlfriend is an aspiring actress and recently took a gig as an elf. The casting call for Santa said he absolutely, positively could not have an accent. This in spite of the fact that the area they were working was predominantly Hispanic immigrants. Now, I get that it is probably important that Santa be able to communicate in a manner which is clear to children and that certain accents could impede this, but she was pretty bothered by it.

    This was the same woman I mentioned a while back who got a casting call for the Mulan musical which said that people need not be Asian to apply for Asian character roles.

    Gooses and ganders and stuff.Report

  9. Avatar Mike Schilling says:

    Kelly now insists that she was joking. If that’s your idea of comedy, kid, don’t quit your day job.Report

    • Avatar Kim says:

      To be fair, it does have the form of a joke (particularly the mentioning of Jesus, and calling them both “real life” people).

      It almost has the sound of a joke tuned to a liberal audience. Odd for someone working a foxnews gig.Report

    • Avatar Stillwater says:

      I don’t know why she just didn’t come clean and explain that her claim “Santa is white” relies on the historical conception of a culturally constructed contemporary myth deriving from traditional white European origins and then apologize for not making that clear during the discussion regarding the political aspects of the current dispute because she assumed – incorrectly, unfortunately – that viewers were intelligent enough to understand the distinction her comment relied on, a mistake she’s very apologetic about.

      That would have been so much easier.Report