Why they hate Santa (the culture that is Scotland?)

by on May 8, 2012 at 12:22 pm in Religion | Permalink

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.

Here is more, and for the pointer I thank Jeremy Davis.

Jonathan M.F. Catalán May 8, 2012 at 12:38 pm

Isn’t this a repeat of bad arguments against advertising? It’s not the advertisement that creates a desire, it’s whatever is responsible for having the baby react to an advertisement in the way it does. The task of mitigating “consumerism” amongst children, therefore, lies squarely on the shoulders of the parent. It is the parent who is responsible for shaping the values of the child. I mean, I am sure that I wanted everything when I was a kid, but my parents rarely obliged with my demands and that shaped who I became with regards to the impulse to consume.

dearieme May 8, 2012 at 12:47 pm

Santa is a nasty foreign ideology that was foisted on Scotland by the BBC and Hollywood, by corrupting the little children. Oh yes.

If Scotland could rid itself of Santa and Socialism it would be a better place. Especially the socialism.

Roy May 8, 2012 at 1:20 pm

Interesting the only person I ever met who truly hated Santa was also Scottish. But he wasn’t a socialist art student, he was a Free Church minister, probably one of the smartest people I have ever met, but like Mr. Cullen he was extremely narrow-minded and had no sense of humor at all.

TallDave May 8, 2012 at 1:48 pm

ZMP Santa?

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

ZMP Cullen?

Zachary May 8, 2012 at 4:03 pm

+1

tito May 8, 2012 at 2:13 pm

Why do a bunch of (g)aytheist mingers care about the commercialization of Christmas?

The Other Jim May 8, 2012 at 2:31 pm

Because it gets them on the news, and ultimately, Marginal Revolution.

I look forward to their criticisms of Ramadan next. Breath holding starts…… now.

Doc Merlin May 8, 2012 at 2:40 pm

Won’t happen.
The media wouldn’t report that.

Gabe May 8, 2012 at 3:36 pm

yes Ramadan, because Santa Claus is straight out of the Christian bible.

Adrian Ratnapala May 8, 2012 at 5:37 pm

You can mix the two. I hear the Turks are quite proud of Santa, him being a son of their good soil.

gabe May 9, 2012 at 10:25 am

Christmas In Iran

yes and in Iran too…but don’t expect the “al qaeda is under your bed media” to show you this.

Todd May 8, 2012 at 2:34 pm

If they need a new symbol for Christmas in Scotland, Joe Camel is available.

Becky Hargrove May 8, 2012 at 3:27 pm

…while little Virginia gently weeps.

Roy May 8, 2012 at 5:05 pm

+1

Tom West May 8, 2012 at 4:24 pm

It’s not the advertisement that creates a desire, it’s whatever is responsible for having the baby react to an advertisement in the way it does.

“it’s not the lack of air that suffocates you, it’s your body reacting to that lack of air…”

Jlamb May 9, 2012 at 12:21 am

It’s not your diet rich in fat that’s bad for your heart, it’s your body’s response to your fatty diet….

Marian Kechlibar May 9, 2012 at 2:48 am

This is actually very precise, because individual bodies respond differently to the same diet, and the extent of damage will vary from insignificant to very big.

Andreas Moser May 8, 2012 at 7:23 pm

And neither Santa nor Christmas are actually good for the economy: http://andreasmoser.wordpress.com/2010/12/23/economics-of-christmas/

Salem May 8, 2012 at 7:28 pm

That article is more than 7 years old.

john malpas May 8, 2012 at 9:23 pm

Yes lets go back to the good old days when you got a lump of coal in a sock if you had been really good.

fred smalkin May 8, 2012 at 11:38 pm

Reminds me of the fundamentalists who burn Harry Potter books because they promote witchcraft.

Ooh Honey Honey May 9, 2012 at 12:31 am

I would burn Harry Potter because it is anti-competition. Gringotts is hardly the product of a deregulated market.

Saturos May 9, 2012 at 12:47 am

“Gringotts is hardly the product of a deregulated market.”

Actually, it’s worse than that:
http://www.elsewhere.org/rationality/chapter/4

Jude May 9, 2012 at 10:55 am

You know, it’s said that the main reason the Scots install double glazed windows is to prevent their children from hearing the ice cream truck.

David P May 10, 2012 at 2:46 pm

Underneath everything isn’t there a “blank slate” presumption?

Ritu Singh May 14, 2012 at 2:23 pm

Over time children begin to understand themselves whether Santa Claus is in fact real or not by simple questions such as how can he travel the whole world in one night? Although he is a lie, he does encourage kids to be “good” the entire year if they want gifts. If they are bad they show up on the “naughty” list. The controversy here does promote materialism. It is not like other holidays such as thanksgiving in which you celebrate what you are thankful for without the importance of material goods. Christmas is solely based off of receiving gifts. I see that in Scotland they hate Santa because the higher classes of society, that can afford more gifts or any gifts, get more than the lower classes. It does encourage kids to believe that toys and gifts lead to happiness and promote consumerism in society. During Christmas, one can see people raiding stores weeks in advance, purchasing items online, and spending left and right. It can be understood why Christmas can be so disliked.

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