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Commercialism Protest For Sale – Slasher Santa

Isn’t irony ironic?

Our oh-so-high-minded social commentator, Joel Krupnik, is now trying to make a buck off of his protest about the "commercialization of Christmas."

From those keepers of the faith at the DNC’s Associated Press:

Manhattan’s slasher-Santa display for sale

Dec 26, 12:09 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — For the man who has everything – or someone really desperate to find a last-minute gift – Joel Krupnik and Mildred Castellanos have an answer: Their red-suited Santa Claus figure, holding a bloody knife in one hand and a severed doll’s head in the other, went up for auction on Christmas Day.

Already, bidding had reached $200 and "might go higher, maybe even to $500," the New York Post quoted Krupnik as saying.

Lest anyone be offended – and some people were – Krupnik had explained earlier that the macabre holiday display outside the couple’s midtown Manhattan home was intended as a protest against the commercialization of Christmas.

The bids were to be deposited in a box next to the 5-foot tall Santa, to be opened after 3 p.m. Krupnik, whose telephone is unlisted, could not be reached late Sunday afternoon for a final accounting.

The auction proceeds would go to the highest bidder’s favorite charity, according to a sign next to the display, which also included a number of other Barbie doll heads.

As for any critics suggesting the display was sacrilegious, Krupnik said St. Nick "is not in the Bible. He’s not a religious symbol."

Did Mr. Krupnik ever explain why a non-Christian (in fact, a non-observant Jew) would care one way or the other if Christmas was commercialized?

Or was that just Krupnik’s handy excuse for this vicious attack on another religion?

Update!

Here is yet another uplifting story about tolerance from NBC5.com:

Homeowner Hangs Bound, Blindfolded Santa From Tree

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — In one South Florida community, a man’s holiday decorations are causing holiday fear for local children instead of creating holiday cheer.

Residents called police and complained to the city that a house in Miami Beach had a life-sized, blindfolded Santa Claus doll hanging from a tree with its hands tied.

Some residents were furious and said their naughty neighbor put jolly old St. Nick in a position that is not too merry. But even police officers couldn’t save a Santa who was bound, gagged and hanging for the holidays.

The owner of the house said it’s freedom of speech. But his neighbors think it’s the start of a creepy Christmas.

"It’s not healthy. I mean, if somebody has something against Santa Claus or something, maybe express it in some other way," resident Lori Vega said.

Parents are afraid the decoration will cause a nightmare before Christmas for their children.

"I’m not sure what his reasoning is, but a lot of little kids are upset by it," one parent said.

The owner of the house said the Santa Claus was an artistic expression.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, December 26th, 2005. Comments are currently closed.

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