Saying “Merry Christmas” is problematic in The Santa Clauses

The Santa Claus: Apparently, says "Merry Christmas" is "problematic"

Matilda Lawler, Elizabeth Allen-Dick, Austin Kane, Tim Allen and Elizabeth Mitchell in The Santas
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Ah, the imaginary War on Christmas. It’s a battle that conservatives have been waging for years now, despite the fact that the Christian holiday is alive and well. Mariah Carey still sings, Hallmark is still cranking out movies, and there’s even a new one The Santa Claus series on the horizon. Unfortunately, in that parallel universe Christmas is in some real trouble.

And no, this difficulty isn’t the fun, goofy, “If we don’t get to the North Pole in time, Christmas is cancelled!” variety—at least not canceled in the traditional sense. In fact, the concerns of Santa Claus The Santas looks suspiciously similar to something that anti-vigilante activist Tim Allen can say. In one scene, his character reportedly complains that “Saying ‘Merry Christmas to all’ has suddenly become problematic.”

Look, we can’t speak for the Santas cinematic universe. We can only point out that it is an interesting thing to air about Disney+the streaming service of a company that is historically quite friendly after christmas What was going through the minds of the writers when they wrote this semi-political one-liner? Deadline asked showrunner Jack Burditt, who is also Allen’s (somewhat polarizing) sitcom Last man standingif the authors went “back and forth” on the “lighting bar” comment.

“Yes, we did,” Burditt said. “It’s something that I just think is stupid, but then I’m like, I don’t know.” How enlightening! This is the kind of inside baseball talk that really invites you the thoughts of a writer.

“I mean, look, we also did a joke at one point where Santa is on his rounds, they go in for a landing and somebody shoots him something,” he adds. “And Noel the elf [who rides with Santa], says something like: ‘A War on Christmas!’ I’m like, yeah, I don’t want to go that far.”

Didn’t you want to go so far as to… actually be kind of funny? That pitch is at least a step up from Santa’s woe-is-me whine. Maybe the big man has a “cute yet safe playpen somewhere” to deal with the anxiety that not everyone celebrates his favorite holiday.

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