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It’s amazing how much society can change. And how quickly.
When I was growing up, every winter, I watched movies pitting everything good and right against some dark force trying to destroy Christmas.
And why? Because of the idea that Christmas was the most wonderful thing in the world: the happiest, most loving, most magical time of the year.
I’ll say it again: Those who were against Christmas were the villains.
“Merry Christmas” was an expression of warmth. Movies and songs and stores and everywhere you went made it clear — “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.”
Yet now, we’re living in a time when those Christmas movies seem to have come alive, and we’re now being told it’s the other way around — the case for Christmas is the questionable foe.
Apropos, comedian Whitney Cummings appeared on Conan Wednesday and shared a story from last December.
As per her account, while working on a television show — presumably the Roseanne reboot, for which she was a showrunner in 2018 — one day she was leaving and offhandedly made a friendly gesture to an intern:
“I was leaving…I was like, ‘Bye, guys. Merry Christmas.’ Like just a formality, what you would say.”
The intern — and the network — didn’t appreciate it.
Therefore, she got called into the office. A half a year later:
“I come back, like, June 6th. HR calls me, and they’re like, ‘Hey, we need to talk to you. One of the interns is pissed off that you said ‘Merry Christmas.'”
She admitted to Conan that her remark hadn’t even been sincere:
“I don’t even care how your Christmas was.”
The host agreed that, in these sensitive times, “Merry Christmas” could be triggering.
As it turned out, according to HR, the intern was agnostic.
Therefore, not okay to wish them joy.
Whitney thought it was a bar too high:
“I was like, no, no, no, no, no. You do not get to do that. Because had I known that this person was agnostic, that would mean we were in a relationship. Like, that would mean we were intimately connected.”
“I should not know who believes in God and who doesn’t. I also can’t guess either, you know?”
The actress thought the real offense was the notion that she would judge them based on looks:
“I can’t guess your holiday based on what you look like. That’s offensive. That’s very offensive.”
It seems to me that if we’ve reached a point where we can’t say “Merry Christmas” in America, it’s time for a substantial, swirling flush followed by a total reboot.
If we’ve truly gone that far to the other side, the world has become the villain it once warned about.
We can’t let the villain win.
America must once again embrace joy. Togetherness. Family. Giving. Warmth. Love.
Some call it Christmas.
Whether you celebrate the holiday or not, well wishes are just that.
If you ask me, we need a Merry Christmas more than ever.
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