Kathy Griffin used Obama's festive photo to slam Megyn Kelly for racist comments over Santa

Junie Sihlangu
Dec 21, 2018
11:19 A.M.

In 2013, Slate released an opinion piece with the headline, "Santa Claus Should Not Be a White Man Anymore." At the time, Megyn Kelly worked at Fox News and she had an issue with a headline.


Kelly argued that Santa should always be portrayed as a white man. Now, 5-years-later, comedienne Kathy Griffin has taken a jab at Kelly for her views.

Kathy Griffin, 58, took to Twitter on Wednesday to call out the former NBC anchor Megyn Kelly, 48, for her past opinions about Santa Claus’ race. At the time, Kelly had insisted that the jolly guy from the North Pole is white.

Griffin posted a photo of former President Barack Obama visiting the Washington, D.C.’s Children’s National Hospital. In the image, Obama was wearing a red Santa hat and he was carrying a red and white sack filled with toys.


For more on this story go to our Twitter account @amomama_usa. The comedienne captioned the post, “@megynkelly, I have some news for you…”

“By the way, for all you kids watching at home, Santa is just white.”

After taking issue with the Slate piece about diversifying Santa’s race, Kelly had said:

“When I saw this headline I kind of laughed, and I said, ‘This is so ridiculous. Yet another person claiming it’s racist to have a white Santa.’”

She added:

“And by the way, for all you kids watching at home, Santa just is white. But this person is just arguing that maybe we should also have a black Santa, but Santa is what he is, and just so you know, we’re just debating this ’cause someone wrote about it, kids.”


The “Today” show host even went as far as comparing the Santa issue to that of the portrayal of Jesus. She stated:

“Just because it makes you feel uncomfortable doesn’t mean it has to change. Jesus was a white man, too … He was a historical figure, that’s a verifiable fact, as is Santa. I just want the kids watching to know that.”


Last year, the anchor was asked about the incident and she admitted she misspoke:

“I regret a lot of what I’ve said. I mean, you’re going to be on the air several hours a week on live television, you’re going to say stupid [expletive]. That’s just the reality, you know, so yeah, there’s a lot I’d like to go back and say differently.”

In October, Kelly once again faced backlash for her comments on race. During a 9 a.m. segment on her “Today” show, she was asked whether wearing blackface as part of a Halloween costume was actually racist.


The segment was so controversial that her show, “Megyn Kelly Today” got canceled. Her future on the network is still under discussion because she still has two years left on her contract.

A source shared about the incident stating:

“They’re contacting the staff and reassigning everyone today. Everyone’s being told that they still have a home here, but it won’t be on Megyn’s show. They haven’t made an official announcement about the show, but everyone knows what it means when they’re being moved somewhere else. The show is clearly over.”

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