I picked this up via fellow blogger Tom Megginson, who writes at The Ethical Adman
So, I guess someone complained about Shoppers Drug Mart playing Christmas music in their stores the freaking day after Halloween and shockingly the store chain said, via their Facebook page "Okay, cool, we'll hold off"
Predictably, people are freaking out about political correctedness gone apeshit and the so-called "War On Christmas."
The store chain has stated that this is not a permanent ban - they're just holding off citing that many people thought it was too soon. There are a lot of Canadians who are pushing to have people and establishments hold off on putting up Christmas decorations and playing music until after November 11th, so as not to take attention away from Remembrance Day.
Can I reiterate? NOT A PERMANENT BAN.
Holy shit, people. I'm the first one to say that when I start hearing Christmas carols in stores when there are still dead babies on my lawn, it kind of takes some of the magic out of the season. Give us a chance to breathe before throwing the general public into another harried holiday season. I personally like a little chance to get excited about Christmas before I move onto being stressed as fuck about it. So kudos to Shoppers Drug Mart for this move, says I. If you can do something about your bloody make-up counters and their proximity to the front door, then we'll be on a roll.
Anyway, to no one's surprise, the thread has devolved into the ultimate game of War-on-Christmas bingo, complete with racist, go-back-where-you-came-from anti-immigrant sentiment. Check out Tom's post for some of the worst offenders. I'm thinking of getting a big old bottle of something alcoholic tonight and reading through the epic thread that has already reached over 3600 comments in the last three hours.
If you wanna take part, just take a drink everyone someone invokes the following:
- Allusion to people being 'too politically correct'
- References to a War on Christmas
- Telling non-christians to go back where they came from and ignoring the fact plenty of non-christians are born here. Including the millions that lived here before Christians ever showed up.
- Anti-muslim comments
- Complaints about not being able to say "Merry Christmas"
- References to "Holiday Trees"
- Putting the Christ back into Christmas
- The Grinch or Scrooge
Something tells me I'm going to be feeling rough tomorrow.