Last Christmas, the Mall of America faced a small blacklash for having a black Santa. Surprisingly enough, sometimes good things come from backlashes, like a new children’s book that features a gay black Santa with a white husband.
Daniel Kibblesmith, a comedy writer on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert was inspired by the backlash to write Santa’s Husband, which depicts Santa as a gay black man with a white “Santa” husband who fills in for him at shopping malls during Christmas season.
“My fiancée [author Jennifer Wright] and I joked privately, and then on Twitter, that since every house has its own traditions and lore surrounding Christmas, we would tell our child that the black Santa Claus was the ‘real’ Santa,” Kibblesmith said. “If they saw a white Santa at the mall, we’d explain that this was his husband.”
Me & @JenAshleyWright have decided our future child will only know about Black Santa. If they see a white one we’ll say “That’s his husband”
— Daniel “Kibblesmith” (@kibblesmith) December 3, 2016
Kibblesmith hopes that such a book will become a Christmas-time favorite for modern families all over the world.
“Some people — not me — even believe that Santa Claus is just your parents, which would mean that there are as many interpretations of Santa Claus as there are different kinds of families,” Kibblesmith said.
“But again, this is only a theory, because Santa Claus is real, and we have written a book about him.”
The book is set to release in October — and we can’t wait to get our copy!