A new book that portrays Santa Claus as a gay black man is being celebrated by media outlets like CNN and Time Magazine, as the latest example of politically-correct posturing in pop culture.
The book, titled Santa’s Husband, is marketed to kids and tells the story of Santa Claus’ life preparing for Christmas. The twist, as you can see in the picture above, is that Santa is black and gay, with a white husband. It is that white husband that kids often see in shopping malls, as he fills in for his husband, who is busy at the North Pole.
Here is how the book’s publisher, Harper Design (part of the Harper Collins publishing group), describes the book, via Amazon.
Offering a fresh twist on Kris Kringle, a clever yet heartfelt book that tells the story of a black Santa, his white husband, and their life in the North Pole.
Everyone knows that Santa Claus is jolly, but in Santa’s Husband, this cherished symbol of the holiday season is also black and gay, and married to an equally cheery man.
In this witty and sweet illustrated Christmas tale, humor writer Daniel Kibblesmith introduces us to Mr. and Mr. Claus, and gives us a glimpse of their lives together. We see the Clauses sitting by the fire at their cozy North Pole home, vacationing at the beach, having an occasional disagreement, celebrating their wedding day, and comforting each other when some loudmouth people on television angrily dispute Santa’s appearance and lifestyle.
In the weeks before Christmas, Santa’s husband helps with all the pre-Christmas work, from double-checking lists, to feeding the reindeer (organic gluten-free grains, of course), to negotiating labor disputes with the restive workshop elves. At the height of toy-making season, he even fills in for his busy hubby at the mall to ensure every child can meet the Big Guy in the red suit, and give him their wish list.
As this charming book reminds us, Santa Claus can come in all shapes and colors and sizes—just like the children and families he visits all over the world each Christmas eve.
Featuring beautiful watercolor pictures drawn by artist AP Quach, Santa’s Husband is a delightful gift for readers of all ages.
Harper Collins did not, however, publish the book under their children’s division, which publishes classic children’s books like “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” and the “Amelia Bedelia” series.
Here is how CNN promoted the book.
CNN promotes a children’s book that portrays Santa Claus as a gay man, calls it a “new twist.” pic.twitter.com/N3PdHMZaKF
— Ryan Saavedra 🇺🇸 (@RealSaavedra) December 19, 2017
Author Daniel Kibblesmith
The book’s author is Daniel Kibblesmith, a writer for “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” which has turned the late night talk show into a political snooze fest that derides President Donald Trump, conservatives, and Christian values on a nightly basis. Kibblesmith is also an author and writer of comic books for Valiant and DC Comics, and told Time Magazine what inspired him to write the book.
Daniel Kibblesmith, who is a staff writer for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and co-author of How to Win at Everything, penned the parody children’s book after tweeting in December that he would only tell his future child Santa was black. “If they see a white one, we’ll say ‘That’s his husband,’” Kibblesmith wrote.
A photo Kibblesmith tweeted Tuesday of the book’s original concept art shows the couple, both wearing Santa suits, looking dreamingly into each other’s eyes.
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