A new survey by GraphicSpring found that a quarter of their participants across the U.S. and U.K. would prefer a gender-neutral modern Santa Claus featuring tattoos, skinny jeans, and a flying car.
These findings continue the attack on Christmas cheer this season: classic Christmas movie, “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” was labeled problematic and the song “Baby It’s Cold Outside” was discontinued on many radio stations after #MeToo backlash.
CBS News reports that the most popular responses to the survey are visualized below:
This begs the question; did we assume Santa’s gender? He goes by many names—Santa Claus, Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas or Kris Kringle—but he originated from Dutch children’s stories that made its way to the U.S. in 1773. The gender of this fictional character has never been a problem in the past.
The important themes surrounding Santa Claus around the holidays focus on personal responsibility, being kind to those around you, and being grateful for your family and friends. Where in these life lessons does the gender of the man in the red suit matter?
No longer is the debate just about whether it is politically correct or not to say ‘Happy Holidays’ versus ‘Merry Christmas’. Today’s social justice warriors demand that Santa meet PC standards.