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Secrets, sex and Santa
Last week I shared my views about Santa on radio, then on social media The outrage was unreal.
The fact that grown adults were trying to explain to me that Santa is real should have had me laughing. I guess I was distracted by the fact that less than 24 hours before I posted a video about a girl being raped by her brother for years and in that post, I also brought up the fact that 14 children are sexually abused every day, according to the latest report from the Children’s Authority.
That post received little to no feedback. Not a single person shared it, commented on it or displayed disgust by it. Imagine 14 kids being sexually abused every day in our country and not a peep,. However, I share my views on Santa and I am met with outrage.
No one cares that our billboards are filled with sexually suggestive ads and our children have no choice but to digest them into their subconscious during their commutes. No one bothers to switch stations during family drive time when the music is sexually overcharged.
I shared my views on the whole Santa charade, that it is “ruining the magic of Christmas” and “spoiling their childhood memories.” Seriously? Is speaking publicly about Santa worse than the lyrics from some of our beloved local pop stars?
If you’re okay telling your children that the best present under the tree magically appeared because someone drove around a sled all night long pulled by a reindeer, that’s cool with me, but please don’t lose focus on the actual message.
This is not a Santa debate.If he is real to you then so be it. This is about the fact that we seem to be more concerned with keeping the Santa tradition alive and kicking, than we are about sharing life saving information and making a stand against issues like child abuse.
The fact that I said Santa isn’t real should have no impact on your child. After all, media has no impact on them. How absurd to think we can’t shelter them from everything! How dare we go around asking people to be appropriate in public and behave in a manner that 100 per cent fits our views for fear that their individual views can influence our children.
The best thing about being Trini is our ability to be happy no matter the situation. This, sadly, is also our worst attribute. Our children are being taken away from us and we sit happily waving them goodbye.
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