Disney Misspells 'Santa' in New Christmas Series, But Viewers Aren't Convinced It's a Joke


It’s a joke that goes back, at the very least, to Dana Carvey’s “Church Lady” character on “Saturday Night Live”: Yes, the letters in “Santa” can be rearranged to spell “Satan.” Har, har. Hilarious if it’s the first time you’ve heard it, which is probably at the age of 10.

The thing is, when Disney does it in 2022, audiences are less convinced it’s a joke.

I must confess that I’ve yet to see the miniseries that’s causing the hubbub. “The Santa Clauses” is a six-episode comedy that began being rolled out earlier this month on the streaming service Disney+.

The show updates Tim Allen’s mildly funny “Santa Clause” movies for the 2020s, complete with Allen’s character searching to find a replacement as he realizes his time as that ripe, jolly old elf is coming to a close. In another two years, we’ll be seeing new entries in the “Santa Clause” extended cinematic universe, given how Disney treats its intellectual property these days.

Granted, Allen is one of the few principled conservatives in Hollywood, so one doesn’t necessarily want to cast aspersions upon his work. In addition, while there was a bit of mild potty humor in the earlier “Santa Clause” movies, there was nothing uniquely offensive going on in them.

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That seems to have changed with “The Santa Clauses,” which ran with the old “Santa”/”Satan” bit:

Yes, “We Love You, Satan.” Wrong spelling. Tee hee.

The thing is, given Disney’s arrant wokeness these days, many Twitter users weren’t quite convinced this was a joke — including country singer John Rich, mixed-martial arts fighter Jake Shields and conservative strategist Chuck Callesto:

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And no, one doesn’t wish to be like Carvey’s “Church Lady” character, finding the devil in every detail:

However, people noted that these things generally don’t happen by mistake:

While Disney hasn’t gone full-on satanic — you’re not going to find a Disney+ reboot where Hannah Montana sacrifices a goat to Baphomet so her secret identity doesn’t get revealed, I don’t think — 2022 has been a bad year for the entertainment giant, at least to families who adhere to traditional religious values.

After the company came out against Florida’s Parental Rights in Education Act — a measure to prevent the sexual indoctrination of young children in schools that the left disingenuously criticized as the “Don’t Say Gay” law — video of Disney executives pushing the sexual indoctrination of young children surfaced online courtesy of journalist Christopher Rufo.

Do you think that Disney had a malicious reason for including this?

One clip showed an executive producer bragging about inserting her “not-at-all-secret gay agenda” into kids’ programming, while another featured a top exec promising that “as the mother [of] one transgender child and one pansexual child,” she would ensure there were “many, many, many LGBTQIA characters in our stories.”

Along those lines, the company has released not one but two kids’ movies with LGBT themes that were wholly extraneous to the plot: “Lightyear” and “Strange World,” both of which bombed at the box office. It probably didn’t help that Buzz Lightyear voice actor Chris Evans — filling in for a character pioneered by the aforementioned Tim Allen, it must be noted — called those opposed to the superfluous LGBT virtue-signaling “idiots” and “dinosaurs.”

Then, in June, a leaked Disney internal memo indicated that, in the aftermath of Roe v. Wade being overturned, the company would pay for women to travel out of state to obtain abortions should they be illegal in their jurisdiction.

Again, satanic? You could make an argument about metaphorical child sacrifice on the last count, but the company just thinks it’s doing the right thing. And that’s the problem.

Whether a joke is funny can depend on who’s telling it.

Someone talking about “getting away with murder” in the metaphorical sense could be considered humorous. O.J. Simpson uttering that line, not so much.

There are plenty of quips one can make about Father’s Day. If you’re Woody Allen, that’s a topic you might want to steer clear of, however.

The point is, Disney has spent the past year rubbing the nose of anyone with a Judeo-Christian belief system in the dog poo of its wokeness. It hasn’t worked out well for the company, as evinced by the fact Disney CEO Bob Chapek was just given his walking papers.

Maybe, just maybe, in a miniseries based around the avatar of a holiday that celebrates the birth of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Disney might have considered passing on the Satan jokes — unless, of course, the company really did mean for it to be taken that way. Just saying.

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C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014.
C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014. Aside from politics, he enjoys spending time with his wife, literature (especially British comic novels and modern Japanese lit), indie rock, coffee, Formula One and football (of both American and world varieties).
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Catholic University of America
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