Nuggets of Wisdom

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Ho-Ho Homosexual Santa? WTF!

I couldn’t make this story up if I wanted to:

So who knew? Santa Claus is a ho-ho homosexual. When the story goes public, it rocks the world. Well, at least in writer-performer Jeffrey Solomon's "Santa Claus Is Coming Out," his newest one-man show exploring gay issues. What Solomon's really interested in is how to discuss gay sexual orientation with young children. It's a timely and important subject, particularly as the religious right's demagoguery has exploited people's fear of it to roll back legal gay marriage in California and Maine. But while Solomon—who has taught theater to children in Catholic school and written works for young audiences—has his heart in the right place, his play is a curiously muted affair.

So Santa Claus is turning gay? Oh, excuse me, I mean Santa Claus is “coming out of the closet” (because we all know people can’t be turned gay!).

I believe in tolerance as much as the next person, but I also believe in common decency. As Mr. Garrison of South Park once said: “Just because you tolerate something doesn’t mean you have to approve of it.”

We should tolerate homosexuals and allow them to have the same rights as heterosexuals, including the right to marry. But we shouldn’t approve of homosexuals when they throw parades featuring BDSM paraphernalia and simulated sexual acts. We shouldn’t approve of homosexuals when they try to teach sex education to kindergarteners. And we shouldn’t approve of homosexuals when they produce plays such as this one aimed at young children, especially since one scene involves a character “who shows Santa the bar scene” (You know, for kids!).

Unfortunately for this play, the article gives it a poor review.

It's hard to know who Solomon's audience is. Material such as this needs much more of an edge to hook hardboiled New Yorkers, but if changing hearts and minds is the idea, that title alone will probably keep such folks away. "Santa Claus Is Coming Out" is unlikely either to fire up the converted or convert the fired up.