Thanks to Mike Fishkin for flagging this top-notch entry for the "Political Correctness Files." Apparently the idiotic anti-snowball-throwing-policy-enforcing morons advising Shore Country Day School have also been hired by the city of Sydney, Australia. Again, these soft-soled-shoe-wearing halfwits fail to make the distinction between things in life that are "Their Problem" vs. things in life that are "Somebody Else's Problem." I suggest that taking offense at a Santa saying "Ho Ho Ho," or having a nervous breakdown because you're worried that your kid will get beaned by a snowball at recess, resulting in a life-ruining loss of self-esteem, or taking offense at a bar displaying booze bottles, or taking offense at our nation's currency saying "In God We Trust" are all examples of things that are "Your Problem." Not the city's problem, not the courts' problem, not the school's problem. If you are the bitter, humorless, angry type to get worked up about this kind of stuff, try a strategy that's been working for years for many of your brethren: Keep it to yourself and be unhappy in the privacy of your own miserable existence.
November 14, 2007
SYDNEY (AFP) - Santas in Australia's largest city have been told not to use Father Christmas's traditional "ho ho ho" greeting because it may be offensive to women, it was reported Thursday.
Sydney's Santa Clauses have instead been instructed to say "ha ha ha" instead, the Daily Telegraph reported.
One disgruntled Santa told the newspaper a recruitment firm warned him not to use "ho ho ho" because it could frighten children and was too close to "ho", a US slang term for prostitute.
"Gimme a break," said Julie Gale, who runs the campaign against sexualising children called Kids Free 2B Kids.
"We are talking about little kids who do not understand that "ho, ho, ho" has any other connotation and nor should they," she told the Telegraph.
"Leave Santa alone."
A local spokesman for the US-based Westaff recruitment firm said it was "misleading" to say the company had banned Santa's traditional greeting and it was being left up to the discretion of the individual Santa himself.