Does Hollywood have a Santa problem?
Conservative pundits have it all wrong. It’s not Christmas that Hollywood hates—it’s Santa Claus. Today TV Guide reports that Fox will be broadcasting a Family Guy Christmas special, Road to the North Pole, in which Stewie and Brian head into the tundra to kill the jolly fat guy in the red suit. This news comes just weeks after a film called Rare Exports: A Christmas Story got picked up for North American release at the Toronto Film Festival. It’s a Finnish dark comedy about evil archeologists who discover that Santa Claus is real and try to capture him… until Santa fights back (actually, the trailer looks pretty awesome). This is hardly the first time Santa has been abused by the pop culture: He was portrayed as a drunk in Bad Santa, chased around New York by Central Park Rangers in Elf, even arrested and put on trial in Miracle on 34th Street.
What do you think is going on here, Popwatchers? Why all the anti-Santa hostility? And what movies or TV shows do you think have been naughty or nice to Santa?