Tuesday, December 8, 2009

'Ware Santa...

My how times change!

I’ve been listening to old Xmas radio shows.
A favorite of mine: Fibber McGee & Molly.

In one of them (not Fibber), Santa Claus comes to visit. A little boy’s mother tells Santa that the boy has been naughty.  She then asks Santa to give him a good beating.

I don’t think that would be accepted in a program produced today.

3 comments:

Anon said...

I've seen all kinds of things that you wouldn't think would be accepted in this day and age, but they do them anyway.... :P

That, however, doesn't seem unprecedented to me--I've heard of incarnations of Santa Claus (or Saint Nicholas, rather, I think) being accompanied by "Black Pete" who carried a whip to punish naughty children....

Peter said...

Oh, I'm well aware of Black Pete and the origins of Santa Claus. So, yes, not unprecedented. It's not so much that it shocked me - just that it seemed entirely out of place in a stream of Xmas comedy. And that since then we've made a squeaky clean Santa.

Danielle Mari said...

The whole idea of a gigantic stranger invading your house isn't enough- now he's got a can of whupass, too.

[wings]