Megyn Kelly, host of The Kelly File on Fox News channel has created a storm of controversy with her comments last night, declaring Santa Claus and Jesus are white.
Twitter, which is always a good measure of how people are reacting to any kind of trending topic, is exploding with comments calling her all kinds of names for the gaffe.
During her Wednesday night program, Megyn Kelly was commenting on the article “Santa Claus Should Not Be A White Man Anymore”, published by Slate writer Aisha Harris.
“When I saw this headline I kinda laughed and I said, ‘Oh, this is ridiculous. Yet another person claiming it’s racist to have a white Santa.'” Kelly said. “And by the way, for all you kids watching at home, Santa just is white. But this person is maybe just arguing that we should also have a black Santa. But, you know, Santa is what he is, and just so you know, we’re just debating this because someone wrote about it, kids.”
Now Megyn Kelly is in hot water, labeled a racist and narrow minded on Twitter. Others are mocking her assertion stating that Santa is indeed a fictional character, hence has no specific race.
Through the centuries, Jesus has been portrayed as a fair skin man, with long, sometimes blonde locks, and blue eyes, but many experts believe this depiction is completely inaccurate.
New Testament scholar Dr Mark Goodacre, of the University of Birmingham, who was part of the group that did a reconstruction of a first century skull, in the BBC program Son Of God says:
“There is absolutely no evidence as to what Jesus looked like. The artistic depictions down the ages have total and complete variation, which indicates that nobody did a portrait of Jesus or wrote down a description, it’s all been forgotten.”
As far as the skin color, Dr. Goodacre and his researchers concluded that the earliest depictions of Jews, dating from the third Century, are – as far as can be determined – dark-skinned.
It appears Megyn Kelly is incorrect in her belief that Jesus was white. As to Santa, well, we all want to believe he looks a little like us.
And so, Twitter is afire with colorful responses to the on-air gaffe by anchor Megyn Kelly, here are just a few examples:
Is this really journalism? Come on, Megyn Kelly!: “Both Jesus AND Santa Were White,” So Stop Complaining http://t.co/NvTE0MODXj
— Angela Alejandro (@ang_alejandro) December 12, 2013
Fox News’ Megyn Kelly insists Santa Claus is white http://t.co/tRpDU7ZnIs LOL!!! Also insists Jesus, who was likely dark-skinned, was white.
— Lisa (@TuffyK) December 12, 2013
I’m almost sure that Megyn Kelly just said the Easter Bunny is white.
— DR (@pollbuster) December 12, 2013
.@megynkelly Historically speaking, Jesus looked more like Yasser Arafat than some random aryan.
— Ryan J. Davis (@RyanNewYork) December 12, 2013
Megyn Kelly: Both Jesus AND Santa Were White, So Stop Complaining http://t.co/MVJQywIyiK Stupid fox news lol I have no words just wow.
— Jeraleh (@Jeraleh) December 12, 2013
It is almost certain that Megyn Kelly will have some comment over this controversy in tonight’s The Kelly File, which airs at 9 pm ET on Fox News or on her Twitter account, which she asks people to follow her on.