The poster, which features a slightly demonic looking Father Christmas looming over a small boy, is part of the art student’s campaign to put an end to the commercialisation of Christmas and to launch an attack on the advertising industry’s targeting of children. “Santa gives more to rich kids than poor kids,” declares the poster, which will be on Glasgow’s Balmore Road.
“Santa Claus is a lie that teaches kids that products will make them happy. Before they’re old enough to think for themselves, the story of Santa has already got them hooked on consumerism. I think that’s more immoral than this billboard,” said Mr Cullen, who spent four years studying advertising before becoming disenchanted with the industry and switching to Glasgow School of Art’s environmental art course.
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