A North Carolina boy, Adam Mayse, said a town center Santa body-shamed him after posing for a Christmas photo with the 9-year-old and his brother. Mayse said the Forest City Santa Claus told him to stop eating so much fast food because of his weight.
Anthony Mayse said he was reduced to tears after sitting on Santa’s lap at the North Carolina town center’s community event. The man playing Santa was hired to bring holiday cheer to children who visited the city’s Christmas-themed house on Main Street.
The boy asked for an iPod Touch and a drone for Christmas, but he was given some blunt dieting advice instead.
During an interview with WLOS, Anthony Mayse said when he finished saying what he wanted for Christmas, Santa told him to “lay off the hamburgers and fries.”
“That really just disrespected me and I felt awful. And I went out and I started crying because I just felt so bad. I was crying until I went to bed that night,” the 9-year-old North Carolina boy said.
The Forest City town center operators have not been identified the man playing Santa Claus. The Mayse family shared the photo of the boys sitting on Santa’s lap with the media, which shows the man’s face. The manager of the Christmas town display said the Santa Claus has apologized to both the Mayse family and his supervisor. According to the Daily Mail, he did not lose his seasonal job over the body-shaming comment.
Anthony Mayse does not believe the Santa’s apology was genuine. He has now ripped up the picture he and his brother took with Santa.
“When he went to apologize to me he didn’t even mean it,” the North Carolina boy said. “And I want to say to him, ”You don’t want to disrespect a 9-year-old. Even though what shape and size you are, it doesn’t matter.’”
Ashley Mayse, Anthony’s mother, said she was shocked at the comment about her son’s weight. She is hopeful the Santa will ultimately be fired and not have the opportunity to make similar comments to other children.
North Carolina boy says he was fat-shamed by Forest City Santa Claus
“I was just mind blown. I wished a million times that we would have never went,” Ashley Mayse said. “He acted like he didn’t want to be there to do the job. Very rude. I’ve never seen anything like it.”
Ashley Mayse said she thought going to the Forest City town center Christmas event would be a fun family outing with her sons. She and her boys were excited to take the carriage ride, go ice skating, and visit with Santa Claus.
“I’m hoping he’s fired because I don’t want any kid feeling like he did Saturday. I mean it destroyed him,” Anthony Mayse’s mother added.
Reaction to the North Carolina body-shaming Santa story has been mixed on social media. Shortly after Anthony Mayse’s interview went viral, folks from around the country began sharing their opinion about the Santa and his nutrition advice.
While many posters feel bad about the little boy’s shocking visit to see Jolly Old Saint Nick, others are upset with the child’s mother for going to the news media with the story. Some social media users believe that by making the “lay off the hamburgers and fries” advice a topic for open debate might lead to intense public embarrassment for Anthony Mayse and ruthless teasing at school.
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