Iconic actor Tim Allen is back and he is reprising his role as the jolly old elf himself, Santa Claus. You would think that everyone would be merry about this news, but Allen’s critics are creating a firestorm and will probably get a whole lot of coal this year.
Allen, 69 years old, has been open with his conservative political values in recent years, and left-wing critics everywhere are up in arms that a “right-wing Santa” will be on television screens across the country. Can. You. Imagine?
Two episodes of Allen’s new Christmas series, “The Santa Clauses,” are currently available for streaming on Disney+. It will be a six-part miniseries that is a follow-up to Allen’s 1994 mega-hit movie “The Santa Clause” and the sequels that followed it, “The Santa Clause 2” and “The Santa Clause 3.”
In the original, Allen’s character, Scott Calvin, was kind of forced to assume the role of Santa Claus. But now it is 30 years later and Calvin has realized that even Santa grows old and won’t live forever. Thus the new series premise, a new suitable Santa must be found.
The critics with their panties all twisted up can’t seem to separate Allen’s fun acting from his political opinions. So many of them have just chosen to dismiss the series with claims that the “right-wing Santa” has ruined the magic of the series.
Most of the complaints come from just one line at the beginning of scene one in episode one. Calvin observes that “saying ‘merry Christmas to all’ has suddenly become problematic.”
Brett White of “Decider” complained, “People should just be able to celebrate the reason for the season but Tim Allen is over here shoving his politics down our chimney!”
And Rick Marshall of “DigitalTrends” wrote, “To suggest [the line] strips the story of some of its charm is an understatement. Right-wing Santa is weird.”
Mary Kate Carr from the “AV Club” wrote about Allen’s Santa character being a delicate snowflake who needed a “safe space.” She wrote, “Perhaps the big man needs a ‘cute yet safe playpen somewhere’ to deal with the anxiety that not everyone celebrates his favorite holiday.”
“Santa had the red hat all along and we just ignored it,” wrote one user referring to the “Make America Great Again” hats made famous by former President Donald Trump.
Jack Burditt is the writer for Allen’s new show. He was asked about the controversy over the line and said that it was something that he thought was silly. He brought up the fact that they also had a joke on the show where Santa is on his rounds and is going in for a landing while somebody was shooting something at them. Santa’s elf helper, Noel, says something like “A war on Christmas” and Burditt admitted that he did not want to go that far. So it’s not like the show is postured for controversy.
The liberal critics made sure that the show received a 58% approval rating on “Rotten Tomatoes,” but the audiences have given it a 77% approval rating.
On social media, users defended the new show by writing that we have begun another season of “They’re trying to cancel Christmas.”
Allen has been upfront about his vision for this new series, “It originally had a lot of otherworldly characters, and ghosts, and goblins. I said no, this is Christ-mas. It’s Christ-mas. It literally is a religious holiday.”
Allen continued, “We don’t have to blow trumpets, but I do want you to acknowledge it. That’s what this is about. If you want to get into Santa Claus, you’re gonna have to go back to history, and it’s all about religion.”
So glad that Allen has held his ground.