This begat an equally politically complicated debate about whether or not a fictional semi-religious but certainly capitalist fairy tale character had a pre-ordained race—and whether attempting to thwart this status quo was yet another front in the perceived War on Christmas that liberals have been waging for untold generations. FoxNews anchor Megyn Kelly did an entire segment on her show about how Santa Is White and leaned into this stance with social media posts and even merchandise.
If they see a white one we'll say "That's his husband" — Daniel Kibblesmith?????????? All over the world. Which leaves us with one question: Why does Daniel Kibblesmith hate the institution of marriage?
People who have an objection to that, well, that objection might be based on something else. Available here or a bookstore near you: From there, he got a job freelancing at The Onion which led to an editor position when Clickhole launched. I realized, oh god, this is an actual television show and I need to be careful what I joke about because one hundred people might make it a reality.
It has to wash over me every day. I did that joke with my wife on Twitter and then a Twitter friend who is an illustrator got in touch. Kibblesmith notes that this project, like a lot of the entertainment industry, feels weird because you're writing something but never seeing it get made on any sort of immediate timeline.
Then he started seeing Santa's Husband popping up at librarian conferences and bookseller product meetings. But I'm a big sucker for Christmas and I'm singing Christmas carols with altered lyrics all year long, so when Santa's Husband started seeping out into the world, it made me feel comfortable. Also, librarians are smart. They got into this to help their communities and when they were among the first to send overwhelmingly positive feedback, that meant a lot.
Just normalize all of it right off the bat? Santa has basic facts: Everyone can have their own traditions, and this is the easiest way to show off that potential.
What makes Kibblesmith's situation with online harassment so interesting is that there was an initial wave of hatred aimed at him over the original tweet, then later a new round of outrage over the book announcement, and now that the book exists there's been a third, bigger tsunami of folks who see Christmas as under attack.
Kibblesmith laughs when considering this multi-phase system of bullshit: I don't want to focus on the negativity, because the real story here is how overwhelmingly positive people have been at every turn. But while attacking me for race mixing, they also shared the CUTEST picture from the book, which of Santa and his husband smooching under a mistletoe.
So, I don't think there's any genuine way to reach out to someone who doesn't see that picture as anything but incredibly endearing. I don't owe them a chance.
Except for Megyn Kelly. Megyn, if you're reading this, I would love to come do your show. I think it would be really cathartic. I would never accuse anyone from FoxNews of having an incredibly calculating media persona, but if that were true, I bet it would feel good to talk to another human being when you're free of that.
Quach has been doing her own fan art about what Gay Santas do the rest of the year, and she posted a picture of the couple at Halloween, with one dressed as Garfield and the other as The Phantom of the Opera. If he can mix holiday metaphors, Kibblesmith would love to explore this.
Next year, he has a limited series through Marvel called Lockjaw about a giant, teleporting bulldog who lives on the moon. Wright is thankful that all of this is happening for her husband, because the alternative would be… much different.
Periodically, when alt-right people insult my insanely successful, kindhearted, professionally funny husband, I think about how if we had not met, he would be swimming in so much supermodel pussy he'd need a snorkel.