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Santas Told Not to Say "Ho Ho Ho" Because it Offends Women



Santas_3Santa Clauses in Sydney, Australia have been told to say "Ha Ha Ha" instead.

Agence France Presse reports: "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."

The spokeswoman for a group that campaigns against media that might sexualize children balked: "Gimme a break. We are talking about little kids who do not understand that 'ho, ho, ho' has any other connotation and nor should they. Leave Santa alone."

A spokesman for the company hiring out the Santas, Westaff, reportedly said the directive would be left up to each Santa's discretion.

The only way I'd possibly be offended was if Don Imus had donned the red suit as a bell-ringer for the Salvation Army.

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  1. OMG! Please tell me this is a joke.

    Posted by: shane | Nov 15, 2007 9:06:38 AM

  2. I it sad to say Shane that this is NOT a joke! We have entered a time of political correctness where 1% of the population will hold the other 99% hostage! Yes, it is sad, but not a joke. We have lost all sense of humor and reality.

    Posted by: RB | Nov 15, 2007 9:24:00 AM

  3. "It is sad to say Shane that this is NOT a joke!" Sorry for the typos!

    Posted by: RB | Nov 15, 2007 9:25:57 AM

  4. This sounds like an urban legend to me.

    Posted by: crispy | Nov 15, 2007 9:32:01 AM

  5. RB says " We have lost all sense of humor and reality"

    Um, see previous post about GLAAD and half of the gay community wanting the head of the Lakers coach served to them on a platter over a Brokeback Mountain reference.

    Hypocrisy, thy name is gayblog pos(t)ers

    Posted by: Jake | Nov 15, 2007 9:34:45 AM

  6. Nowhere have I seen the gay community wanting Jackson's head served on a platter, and I certainly have not called for it on this blog.

    Posted by: andy | Nov 15, 2007 9:45:39 AM

  7. Well, the Santas better not say, "mo, mo, mo" They'd be in trouble with the gays.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Nov 15, 2007 10:02:26 AM

  8. Coming next:

    "What would you like little boy" is offensive because it discriminates against little girls or big boys who feel emasculated by Santa, or gays who are confused that Santa isn't their 'Daddy'...

    Also, you know this red outfit... it looks kinda commie to me...

    Next you'll tell me there isn't a Santa!

    Posted by: SeanR | Nov 15, 2007 10:05:24 AM

  9. Jake, ye speak the truth. So many pick and chose when they are offended.

    Posted by: Sebastain | Nov 15, 2007 10:12:33 AM

  10. Yes, this year, no "Ho! Ho! Ho!", but next year, Santa returns in full force with 10 times the toys and a new contract!

    Posted by: Rad | Nov 15, 2007 10:25:25 AM

  11. The "War on Christmas" comes earlier and earlier every year.

    Talk about PC to the stupid extremes, how do some of you "this is SO typical of the over sensitive gays" people feel about Mr. O'Reilly and his annual "War on Christmas" stupidity? He isn't gay, he isn't liberal but nightly he's on his show with some over the top rant about something that HE feels doesn't meet HIS standards of political/religious/conservative correctness. Hell, he's even willing to completely make up sh*t to "prove" his point, like claiming that a town in Michigan banned the colors red and green in public diplays or claiming that a school in Texas banned the greeting "Merry Christmas" on campus. Both claims were proven to be TOTALLY false but yet there he is, week after week, pulling in millions of idiots to listen to his fairytales.

    This story actually sounds like one of O'Reilly's "rally the War on Christmas troops" diatribes. It sounds awefully fishy to me.

    Posted by: Zeke | Nov 15, 2007 10:45:10 AM

  12. Well I thought Santa looked sad last time I saw him so I had to ask: “Santa, where’s the old OH, OH, OH?”
    And He replied: “I left her at the damn house, house, house”

    Posted by: 1♥ | Nov 15, 2007 11:15:28 AM

  13. It's about as offensive for Santa to say "Ho, Ho Ho" as it is for Steve Jobs to say apple.
    Political correctness had been taken much too far before this.

    Posted by: Cramps | Nov 15, 2007 11:27:37 AM

  14. A few years ago, Toronto city officials renamed the Christmas tree outside city hall, "holiday" tree because they felt the term would be more multi-cultural and inclusive.

    Never mind that no non-Christians actually complained and asked for such a change. In fact, Christmas these days is celebrated by many non-Christians as a secular holiday.

    Posted by: RJ | Nov 15, 2007 12:16:28 PM

  15. Ho Ho Ho!

    Posted by: anon ( | Nov 15, 2007 12:55:50 PM

  16. And what about the kids on farms? Are we gonna take their hoes away from them too?

    Posted by: Vince | Nov 15, 2007 1:35:16 PM

  17. I can't get too upset since, well, there is no Santa Claus.

    Posted by: Gianpiero | Nov 15, 2007 4:48:16 PM

  18. This is completely false. One dodgy paper reports something with no factual basis, and then the rest of the media (including, disappointingly, this site) accept and retell it without checking the facts.
    The company that apparently had banned "ho"-ing, Weststaff:
    "Santas trained by Westaff have not been banned from saying 'ho, ho, ho,'"
    "At no time has Westaff directed its Santas not to use 'ho ho ho.'"

    Posted by: Andrew | Nov 15, 2007 7:29:40 PM

  19. We have a local furniture store that offers no payments, no interest for 1 year ... during the Chirsitmas season the tag line to their commercials is "Ho-Ho-Hold the payments" ... tis takes on a Ho-Ho-Whole new meaning!

    Posted by: Joseph | Nov 15, 2007 8:47:04 PM

  20. ANDREW, just as I thought and surmised above. This has got O'Reilly "War on Christmas" and "political correctness gone mad" stink ALL over it.

    RB, I'm affraid you fell for this one hook, line and sinker my friend. And who exactly is this 1% about whom you speak?

    Posted by: Zeke | Nov 15, 2007 11:25:55 PM

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