Tuesday, November 13, 2007

War on Christmas reaches Australia

Today I stumbled across an article in the Australia Daily telegraph that reports a recruitment firm, Westaff, is banning Santa's traditional greeting of ho, ho, ho and replacing it with ha, ha, ha.
Recruitment firm Westaff - which supplies hundreds of Santas across the country - has told its trainees that the "ho ho ho" phrase could frighten children and could even be derogatory to women.

Two Santa hopefuls reportedly quit the course because of the hullabaloo of the ho, ho, ho.

One would-be Santa has told The Daily Telegraph he was taught not to use "ho, ho, ho" because it was too close to the American slang for prostitute. He also quit.

"Gimme a break," Julie Gale, who runs the campaign against sexualising children called Kids Free 2B Kids, said.

"We are talking about little kids who do not understand that "ho, ho, ho" has any other connotation and nor should they.

"Leave Santa alone."

Julie Gale, I wholeheartedly agree with you.

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