‘Truly Weird’: Actor Tim Allen’s ‘Santa Clauses’ Line About ‘Saying Merry Christmas’ Sparks Internet Furor By Billy Hallowell for Faith Wire
A quick line in actor Tim Allen’s new Disney+ series “The Santa Clauses” is reportedly drawing the ire of some internet critics.
The 69-year-old star, reprising his role as Scott Calvin in the new series after previously starring in three “The Santa Clause” films from 1994 through 2006, is no stranger to debate. He’s an outspoken conservative and has had no problem sharing his views over the years.
As evidence: the actor has slammed “thought police” for ruining comedy — and his former show “Last Man Standing” was at the center of controversy after ABC canceled it, a decision some felt was political in nature.
Now, there’s a new supposed fuss over “The Santa Clauses.”
As NME noted, the moment in question happens when Allen’s character is asked what’s bothering him. Santa responds, “Saying Merry Christmas to all has suddenly become problematic!”
Perhaps the line hit too close to home when it comes to the real-life debate over Christmas, because the dialogue immediately caused a Twitter “uproar,” according to The Daily Mail.
Filmmaker Scott Weinberg called out the inclusion of the line, tweeting about how he found it strange to include it in a kids’ series.
it just struck me as a truly weird thing to put in a kid's series. "<someone> wants to stop us from saying Merry Christmas!" is not some random campaign. it's a low-key effort to vilify anyone who doesn't celebrate this holiday. in a grown-up movie I'd just groan and ignore it.
— Scott Weinberg (@scottEmovienerd) November 17, 2022
“It just struck me as a truly weird thing to put in a kid’s series,” he wrote. “‘[Someone] wants to stop us from saying Merry Christmas!’ is not some random campaign. It’s a low-key effort to vilify anyone who doesn’t celebrate this holiday. In a grown-up movie I’d just groan and ignore it.”
Another user named @DannyDangerOz said he’s a professional Santa and pushed back against the supposed narrative created by the joke.