The SouthPark mall in North Carolina has begun to set up their Christmas display so children can come to the mall and visit Santa Claus. The SouthPark mall decided that they were going to set up for Santa by surrounding him with fake glaciers. In response to this, David Britt, and his two children made a YouTube video about the SouthPark mall's decision. The video is a parody of the Christmas song "Have a Holly Jolly Christmas," and the parody video is starting to go viral.
Due to customers revolting about the change to Santa at the mall, the SouthPark mall has decided that they would put a Christmas tree back into their decoration scheme.
The SouthPark mall claimed that this new design for Santa was going to be "fresh and exciting." They were no longer going to be doing the tree lighting ceremony that they had done in years past. Instead, the fake glaciers were going to have an interactive lighting show and sound effects. The mall was advertising this as the new "Santa experience." A spokesperson from the mall commented on the "Santa experience."
"The reinvented and modernized experience will bring the Charlotte community together in a way that hasn't been done before."When word got out about the changes that the SouthPark mall was going to make, a petition quickly was started on change.org. On Twitter, the hashtag #GlacierGate quickly started to go viral.
Simon puts Santa on ice at SouthPark mall. https://t.co/41A7ssCTgP #Charlotte #shopping #Christmas #glaciergate pic.twitter.com/PrlVJ25AKP
— Charlotte BizJournal (@CBJnewsroom) November 6, 2015
"Beam me up Santa!" @SouthParkMallNC #glaciergate pic.twitter.com/TtoN15NlQ1
— Pretty Annoyed (@prettyannoyed) November 6, 2015
Petition To South Park Mall To #BringBackTheTree is Going Viral https://t.co/yJapOjLyic Please Share #glaciergatepic.twitter.com/f4L4qNhUtSThe SouthPark mall quickly realized that they had made a mistake. The last thing you want to do during the holiday season is to give consumers a reason to not shop at your store.
— Charlotte Stories (@CLTusa) November 7, 2015
Wow. That didn't take long. #BringBackTheTree #glaciergate https://t.co/5XkE3Iu1aM
— Molly Grantham WBTV (@MollyGrantham) November 7, 2015
BREAKING: #glaciergate is no more. Statement from David Contis, president of Simon malls: pic.twitter.com/PhHaMoNkjrWhen the SouthPark mall said they were not going to have a Christmas tree with Santa this year, many people became upset and saying that there was a war on Christmas. The SouthPark mall controversy happened right around the same time of the Starbucks cup controversy.
— Katie McKiever WBTV (@KatieMcKiever) November 8, 2015
Starbucks has rolled out their new coffee cup design for the holiday season. The new design is just a red cup. In years past, Starbucks had decorated their cups with scenes that people would associate with Christmas. Many people have taken this change in design to mean that Starbucks has fallen prey to the political correctness movement that is sweeping across the United States. Starbucks claims that they went with a minimalist design on purpose. Starbucks vice president of design and content, Jeffrey Fields, commented on the coffee cups.
"In the past, we have told stories with our holiday cups designs. This year we wanted to usher in the holidays with a purity of design that welcomes all of our stories."Joshua Feuerstein took to Facebook to display his displeasure on the situation. His Facebook video has gathered over eight million hits. Feuerstein claims that "Starbucks REMOVED CHRISTMAS from their cups because they hate Jesus." The viral Facebook video can be found here.
Do you think there is a war on Christmas? Are people overreacting at the change made by Starbucks to their cups and to the proposed change to put Santa in front of a glacier at the SouthPark mall?
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