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Santa sacked for ho, ho, ho (Down Under)
The Cairns Post ^ | 05Dec07 | Gavin King

Posted on 12/06/2007 3:45:09 PM PST by Baladas

A 70-year-old man working as Santa Claus says he was sacked from a Cairns department store for saying "ho, ho, ho" and singing Christmas carols.

In a case of political correctness seemingly gone mad, retired entertainer John Oakes says he was fired from his job at Myer for his rendition of Santa’s famous laugh.

His employer, Westaff, last month sparked national outrage when it ordered its Santas to say "ha, ha, ha" instead of "ho, ho, ho" because it could be derogatory to women but denied the words were a factor in Mr Oakes’s case.

The word "ho" is also American slang for a whore.

"They’re trying to kill the spirit of Christmas," Mr Oakes told The Cairns Post yesterday, just days into his fourth year as Myer’s Santa.

"But after my shift on Monday, I got a call from my manager telling me my services were no longer required.

"I hadn’t done anything wrong so I asked her why, and she said, ‘You said ho, ho, ho and that’s not appropriate’.

"She also said I wasn’t supposed to sing, but I was only singing Jingle Bells to get the kids to laugh for their photo.

"It’s just ridiculous and everything’s changed because of the new rules."

(Excerpt) Read more at cairnspost.com.au ...


TOPICS: Australia/New Zealand; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: australia; hohoho; pc; pcness; politicalcorrectness; santaclaus; waronchristmas
Oh, c'mon, did they really think this 70-year-old Santa Claus was EVER saying "whore, whore, whore"? The PC gulag probably wants all their multicultural Santas to cackle like Hillary does instead.
1 posted on 12/06/2007 3:45:11 PM PST by Baladas
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To: Baladas

maybe a kangaroo fart will save his job, I hear they are powerful


2 posted on 12/06/2007 3:50:00 PM PST by sure_fine ( " not one to over kill the thought process " )
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To: Baladas

PC2THEX


3 posted on 12/06/2007 3:52:34 PM PST by DoughtyOne (California, where the death penalty is reserved for wholesome values. SB 777)
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To: Baladas
...so I asked her why, and she said, ‘You said ho, ho, ho and that’s not appropriate’.

And the real Ho said, "Here I am!"

4 posted on 12/06/2007 3:54:56 PM PST by LasVegasMac (Islam: Bringing the world death and destruction for 1400 years!)
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To: Baladas

he clearly overdid it. he should have simply said “ho”.


5 posted on 12/06/2007 3:55:01 PM PST by tired1 (responsibility without authority is slavery!)
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To: Baladas
Give me a break.
6 posted on 12/06/2007 4:00:34 PM PST by Ukiapah Heep (Shoes for Industry!)
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To: Baladas

We can actually thanks the gangsta rap groups for this. Of course they can say it all they want on their albums.


7 posted on 12/06/2007 4:28:09 PM PST by Rennes Templar ("The future ain't what it used to be".........Yogi Berra)
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To: Baladas

This is ridiculous! Ho Ho Ho was used before “Ho” was used as slang for a bad name for women. For God sake, use your brain people!


8 posted on 12/06/2007 4:34:42 PM PST by Southerngl
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To: Baladas

You know, I never think of myself or any of the other women I know, when I hear the word “ho” whether it’s Santa laughing or in any other context. How insane to be worried that it would offend women. How many friggin years has Santa laughed “ho,ho,ho” and not even the whores were offended.


9 posted on 12/06/2007 4:38:04 PM PST by YellowRoseofTx
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To: Baladas

Please tell me this is satire. You can’t write decent satire anymore. Real life is such a farce, how can you satirize it?


10 posted on 12/06/2007 6:25:14 PM PST by badbass
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To: Baladas

Related: University Research Study: Santa Claus story is detrimental to child development.
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1934839/posts


11 posted on 12/06/2007 6:28:08 PM PST by Rb ver. 2.0 (Global warming is the new Marxism.)
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To: badbass

From the link at #11:

“The Don Imus-Rutgers incident exposed the slang term ‘Ho’ to the general public as a slur for ‘whore’. Santa’s dialogue in any conversation begins or ends in ‘Ho, Ho Ho!’ and the probability of a child having been exposed to the Imus story is greater than not. Santa’s favorite euphemism could be construed to have an alternate meaning which could confuse a child”, Dr. Huma-Humpur said. “There might be a question in a child’s mind that Santa is spending time with a bunch of prostitutes”, she added.”


12 posted on 12/06/2007 6:30:25 PM PST by Rb ver. 2.0 (Global warming is the new Marxism.)
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To: Rb ver. 2.0

Okay, the link that you posted is marked as satire. The first link seems real, though the store said Santa was fired for a bad attitude.


13 posted on 12/06/2007 6:36:40 PM PST by badbass
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To: Baladas

The media is missing a key part of the story. Apparently this Santa is a born again Christian and said “God bless you” to the children, to the horror of his secularist employers. This was apparently evidence of a “bad attitude” deserving the flick. Looks like the phony ACLU inspired Church v State “Christmas War” in the US has well and truly infected Christmas down under.


14 posted on 12/06/2007 7:24:46 PM PST by generalhammond
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