Christmas seemed so far away in January when Tim Allen announced that he would return to his home at the North Pole as Santa Claus in The Santa Clauses, an original series now streaming on Disney+.
However, not everyone is happy. Earlier this month, we reported on the backlash to a joke in the third episode of the series, “Into the Wobbly Wood,” released on November 23. Attempting to show their support for Scott Calvin (Tim Allen), elves hold letter signs meant to spell “We Love You Santa.” Instead, the characters spell, “We love you Satan.” The elves shriek in terror when they realize the mistake.
Though Tim Allen vehemently defended the show, promising that Christ is at the heart of this merry Christmas series, some social media users still plan to boycott Disney Plus. TikTok user @yojets recently shared a video of the scene with commentary:
“I’m boycotting Disney+. I’m deleting my account. I can’t rock with them. I can’t do this,” the user said.
Another account shared the video with hashtags like “#cancelDisney” and “#protectthechildren.”
“Once you know what we know you begin to realise it’s everywhere literally everywhere. His fingers are in everything. F U S A T A N. Thanks for sharing,” @mandyholt80 commented.
With a simple gag, The Santa Clauses alienated a fringe portion of the audience known-conservative Allen hoped it would target.
“It originally had a lot of otherworldly characters, and ghosts, and goblins,” Allen told TheWrap in November. “I said no, this is Christ-mas. Its Christ-mas. It literally is a religious holiday. 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.”
What do you think of the “We Love You Satan” joke in The Santa Clauses?