Thursday, November 15, 2007


Oh yeah, and the most ABSURD thing I've heard in a l-o-n-g time...

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Santas warned 'ho ho ho' offensive to women
Wed Nov 14, 11:04 PM ET

Santas in Australia's largest city have been told not to use Father
Christmas's traditional "ho ho ho" greeting because it may be
offensive to women, it was reported Thursday.

Sydney's Santa Clauses have instead been instructed to say "ha ha ha"
instead, the Daily Telegraph reported.

One disgruntled Santa told the newspaper a recruitment firm warned
him not to use "ho ho ho" because it could frighten children and was
too close to "ho", a US slang term for prostitute.

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

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

"Leave Santa alone."

A local spokesman for the US-based Westaff recruitment firm said it
was "misleading" to say the company had banned Santa's traditional
greeting and it was being left up to the discretion of the individual
Santa himself.

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