It Begins: ‘Gender-Busting’ Santa on Display at New Zealand Mall
The Ponsonby Central Mall in New Zealand constructed a giant “gender-busting” Santa Claus to greet Christmas shoppers and destroy the innocence of young children.
“Santa Poppins” is not a “nanny,” but a “manny,” and he/she is a fat man with a full beard in a red suit; only the red suit is the famous coat worn by Mary Poppins. He/she is also holding the famous Mary Poppins’ umbrella and large purse. Unlike either Santa Claus or Mary Poppins, though, the mall put Santa Poppins in panties and a garter — because, hey, if you are going to destroy the innocence of young children, you might as well go for it.
The mall explains on its Facebook page, Santa “has had many changes over the years but he is always on trend (& a wee bit cheeky!). This year he is Santa Poppins, the ultimate nanny (or should we say ‘manny’).”
One commenter made an excellent point:
You sure as hell wouldn’t put a women in her underwear like that.
As of this writing, 43 comments were left, fewer than five were complimentary.
Last week a survey showed that 27 percent of Americans was Santa to be female or gender-neutral.