But it still bears ridicule:
The Daily Telegraph in Sydney reported that those portraying Santa Claus in the nation's largest city must not use the Jolly Old Elf's traditional laugh because it could be offensive to women.Which women, exactly, are going to be offended? The wh0res hanging out in Sydney shopping malls looking for business from Santa's elves?
Instead, the Santas are being told, they should say "ha, ha, ha," the newspaper reported.
Based on my extensive knowledge of Australia gleaned from repeated exposure to Mad Max and Monty Python sketches, I doubt it.
I'm thinking this is another product of the stupid ninnies who troll around the culture digging for the next traditional practice -- or feature of the language -- to be outraged by, all the while ignoring the horrible new outgrowths said culture is producing every day.
- A reality show set in the Playboy mansion on a channel watched by mostly teenagers? No problem.
- Hyper-sexualized -- in some cases hyper-bi-sexualized -- dating shows? Sounds fine to me.
- A phrase that has been associated with Santa since
the beginning of timeCoca-Cola invented him and no one but a hypersensitive space alien without any sense of context could possibly misunderstand? You must be stopped!
Offending these people is a good thing. Possibly even mandatory. So, don't be niggardly with the "Ho ho ho"s, Australian Santas. You're doing God's work, if not exactly Jesus'.
(Either way, stay away from those elf-baiting wh0res hanging out around your break room!)