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Santas warned 'ho ho ho' offensive to women

http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5gvdJyD...OrHqjz98FM-eqAg

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Thursday, November 15, 2007

Agence France-Presse

SYDNEY (AFP) — Santas in Australia's largest city have been told not to use Father Christmas's traditional "ho ho ho" greeting because it may be offensive to women, it was reported Thursday.

Sydney's Santa Clauses have instead been instructed to say "ha ha ha" instead, the Daily Telegraph reported.

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.

"Gimme a break," said Julie Gale, who runs the campaign against sexualising children called Kids Free 2B Kids.

"We are talking about little kids who do not understand that "ho, ho, ho" has any other connotation and nor should they," she told the Telegraph.

"Leave Santa alone."

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Santa Bear

I agree......"Leave Santa Alone!!"

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Kona

There's Always Somebody Looking for a Payday can you spell Lawyer? :wacko:

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Elf Without Jingles
Santas warned 'ho ho ho' offensive to women

http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5gvdJyD...OrHqjz98FM-eqAg

EXCERPT

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Agence France-Presse

SYDNEY (AFP) — Santas in Australia's largest city have been told not to use Father Christmas's traditional "ho ho ho" greeting because it may be offensive to women, it was reported Thursday.

Sydney's Santa Clauses have instead been instructed to say "ha ha ha" instead, the Daily Telegraph reported.

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.

"Gimme a break," said Julie Gale, who runs the campaign against sexualising children called Kids Free 2B Kids.

"We are talking about little kids who do not understand that "ho, ho, ho" has any other connotation and nor should they," she told the Telegraph.

"Leave Santa alone."

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FULL STORY

Oh, good. You're on it, too. I hoped you'd be! Thanks, Santa Rielly! Now, let me just say this about that:

Why is it that that people tend to nitpick about everything we Kringles do? I mean, we get complaints about our every movement and idea in every place where somebody's not happy over what Santa's doing or not doing. There used to be a time when people were comfortable around Santa, and we just plain liked it; now, there's no escape from doing the job and being watched, even if all you're doing is reading a mere children's book! (Note that I use the concept of reading a children's book as an example, and little else.)

My point here, people, is simply that as a society, we are increasingly losing our grip in terms of what it means to have fun! I dunno about you, but frankly, it's becoming more and more apparent to me that Chochem, the wise old Martian from Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, obviously saw this coming even more than all the rest of us --- and I find myself wondering why, back in 1964, we didn't bother catching on to the meaning of his words.

Bottom line here, folks: we must exercise caution as far as our every behavior goes. Making magic is one thing; offending people for just doing so is something else. We don't offend our fans because we make our magic. We're only asking for a little bit of dignity and a lotta respect!

Santa Richard

Edited by Elf Without Jingles

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SantaCraig

It is only offensive if it is the truth I guess?

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JanaBanana

DUMB! I sure hope Santa doesnt say anything else, because it just wouldnt be Santa... people find such stupid things to complain over!

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Guest clauswithacause

OK I'll goe along withe the No "Ho Ho Ho..." nowe I'll say "Hoe, Hoe Hoe!" (any prostitutes offended? Opps...Sorry, wrong crowd...)

I remember ae CBS News report one the Howard School ine New York (shows youe howe longe agoe this was...probably late 60s ore early 70s) teaching Santa's not toe saye "HO HO HO!" boisterously because ite scares little children...Bute this ise riddiculous ad absurdam. Can we start ane anti-unPC campaign?

Chris

Claus with a Cause (but no ax to grind...)

PS the extrae "E"s were intentional...in the Hoe Hoe Whole theme ofe things...didn't wante to offende anyone!

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SantaSteve

here is why you should never trust a story printed in a news paper

the company that gave these instructions has been giving the same instructions for 5 or more years they have never compared Ho Ho Ho to the states slang HO but have instructed that ho ho hoing espessily in a load voice can be frighting to young kids

and when you consider that most of thier Santas only do the job for one or two years and are only doing a job thier delivery can be very scary espessily when beards are dirty and ill fitting ( they only get one for the season and it is hot) and suits are just costumes

I would never work for this company and feel the treet thier santas very badly they only pay $20 per hour ( I earn $70 ) and are very controling to the extent that if there is a complaint about them even if it is falce the are stood down for the rest of the season

dont believe everything that you read in the media this story is a crock of .........

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Santa Fred Bluemont VA

This is a sad commentary on the state of worldwide society. Anger, hatred, downright uglyness, and a negative outlook is all to familiar in todays society. Children exampling negative subjective audios and visuals, grown-ups exampling greed and moral distortion, lack of values, the list is too long. Instead of blaming anyone and everyone for a self state of mind, lack of expression, and negative actions, be accountable for one's thoughts and actions. It is easy to always blame everyone else and not look to yourself. "It's not my fault" is this centuries cry. One cannot share happiness, love, and all things positive if it is not part of oneself first. Take hold of oneself for it is a CHOICE.

I myself will continue to exclaim Ho, Ho, Ho! with the breath that carries my existance. Santa represents all things positive, and will withstand the negative.

Peace,

Santa Fred

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