…by Jonas E. Alexis, VT Editor

If you walk into the film industry and start interviewing people like Eli Roth, you will certainly hear incredible and bizarre things. Roth would tell you that he aspires to “fuck up an entire generation”[1] through his movies.

Roth and his brethren have been in the business for years, so they know the drill. The recent animated comedy series, Santa Inc., is a classic example that shows that the war on Christmas is still going on. Featuring Seth Rogen and Sarah Silverman, Santa Inc. is loaded with raunchy oral sex, obscenity, and what Jewish scholar Josh Lambert would probably label “unclean lips.”[2] Santa Inc., according to Hollywood Reporter, boasts “more Jewish leads than the Semitic minstrel show…”[3] Santa Inc. is another infallible sign which shows that Jewish scholar Nathan Abrams was onto something when he documents that

“Older generation of Jewish filmmakers and actors, here [Woody] Allen, [Stanley] Kubrick and [Ron] Jeremy, arguably not only increased the Jewishness of their work, but updated it to match the new post-1990 sensibility by defining it in increasingly sexualized (and pornographic) terms.”[4]

Similarly, Josh Lambert tells us that people like Larry David and Sarah Silverman “are challenging America’s powerful religious, family-friendly culture and asserting their Jewishness by glorifying obscenity.”[5] Lambert moves on to say that “Some Jews use obscenity to fight anti-Semitism, while others use it to rewrite traditional Jewish stories in a contemporary idiom.”[6]

Abrams agreed. He declared in 2003 that the Jewish war against the moral order “is the result of an atavistic hatred of Christian authority: they are trying to weaken the dominant culture in America by moral subversion.”[7]

Both Abrams and Lambert mention something that is really profound here. Surely those two scholars aren’t anti-Semitic by documenting the Jewish war on the culture, particularly this Christmas season. And as Jewish scholar Stephen M. Feldman documents in Please Don’t Wish Me a Merry Christmas: A Critical History of the Separation of Church and State, this war didn’t start this year at all.[8] In 2009, the Israeli news outlet declared in an article entitled, “Jewish lobby wages war on Christmas trees”:

“A new front for religious battles: Hotels and restaurants. The ‘Lobby for Jewish values’…began operating against restaurants and hotels that plan to put up Christmas trees and other Christian symbols ahead of Christmas and the civil New Year.

“According to the lobby’s Chairman, Ofer Cohen, they have received backing by the rabbis, ‘and we are even considering publishing the names of the businesses that put up Christian symbols ahead of the Christian holiday and call for a boycott against them.’”[9]

Seth Rogen and Sarah Silverman

So the Christmas season is like a nightmare for some. That’s one reason why they attack it. Santa Inc. is so bad that when Seth Rogen was going around and saying that only “white supremacists” are attacking it, one individual responded:

There’s no audience, bro. I’m not white and do not intend to protect anyone, but your show is not that good.”

What was the audience rating for Santa Inc.? 3%! Commenters on Rotten Tomatoes call it “utter crap,” and one reviewer said:

“The last thing I need after a hard day of work is to come home and be told that I’m a bad person because as a child, I believed in a benevolent fairy tale about a fat man in a red suit. Hollywood is more about activism than entertainment these days. It’s insufferable.” Another reviewer opined: “one of the worst things I’ve ever watched. It’s like it was written by people who hate Christmas and those who celebrate it.”

Perhaps the popular responses to Santa Inc. are what Hegel would have called “the cunning of reason.” The producers and actors and actresses like Seth Rogen and Sarah Silverman thought that Santa Inc. was going to be a game changer when it comes to subverting the Christmas spirit, but Santa Inc. seems to be doing the opposite. It’s waking people up. In other words, Santa Inc. was a bad move for people like Rogen and Silverman.

In case I don’t remember, Merry Christmas to all!

  • [1] Quoted in Stuart Dredge, “Netflix series Hemlock Grove: ‘People want their horror horrific,’ says Eli Roth,” Guardian, April 10, 2013.
  • [2] Josh Lambert, Unclean Lips: Obscenity, Jews, and American Culture (New York and London: New York University Press, 2014).
  • [3] Daniel Fienberg, “HBO Max’s ‘Santa Inc.’: TV Review,” Hollywood Reporter, December 1, 2021.
  • [4] Nathan Abrams, The New Jew in Film: Exploring Jewishness and Judaism in Contemporary Cinema (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2012), 72.
  • [5] Josh Lambert, “‘Dirty Jews’ and the Christian Right,” Haaretz, February 3, 2014.
  • [6] Ibid. Lambert has expanded on this issue in his book Unclean Lips: Obscenity, Jews, and American Culture (New York and London: New York University Press, 2014).
  • [7]  Nathan Abrams, “Triple-exthnics,” Jewish Quarterly, Winter 2004.
  • [8] Stephen M. Feldman, Please Don’t Wish Me a Merry Christmas: A Critical History of the Separation of Church and State (New York: New York University Press, 1997).
  • [9] “Jewish lobby wages war on Christmas trees,” Y-New News, December 8, 2009.

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11 COMMENTS

  1. Comments from Darrell:
    “A growing number of people are being deceived into believing that Jesus is a myth, not a historical person, that the gospels were made up, I suppose the Acts of the Apostles too. If He were a myth, certainly the Jews, whom the ‘Jesus is a myth’ story would have greatly benefited from, would have been teaching that from the beginning and not just from relatively recently.
    “There is so much confusion today, esp. since all the churches have been colonized and taken over, except the traditional Catholic Church independent from apostate Rome. The papacy was taken over in 1958, as the White Smoke 1958 site documents. It even includes the evidence for a nuclear threat against the Vatican, if not more, in the article there, ‘Grave Reasons of State’.”

  2. As some readers may not know, “Santa Claus” comes from St Nicholas, a 4th C. A.D. bishop whose feast day it is today. The inimitable G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936) has some colorful and profound things to say about him, Christmas, and in a special way, children, in this article:
    themarianroom.com/celebrating-the-feast-of-st-nicholas

  3. “A new front for religious battles: Hotels and restaurants. The ‘Lobby for Jewish values’…began operating against restaurants and hotels that plan to put up Christmas trees and other Christian symbols ahead of Christmas and the civil New Year”.
    Are not the all the Tribal owned retailers that are still in business thoroughly decked out in all the traditional X-mas decorations? Does it feel like getting bitch slapped with one hand and your credit /debit card, cash / check is taken with the other hand of the chosen ones, getting to be a tired old redundant jewish joke? Why is it one “home owner” Property Tax payment deadline is December 10th ? Plus MORTgage, comes to a little under $8000.00, Christmas? Christmas? What Christmas, its been in your face wiped out.

    • It is better to speak plainly and with truth. It is the winter solstice, and if you are a child and need a figure personified, then go with Father Solstice. Anything else is a cult trying to take your soul and your money,.
      It is the season of giving, but the churches do their biggest taking. Not very miraculous for someone with the claims and stories they have. Where did all the money go, because all the miracle stories have none of it.

  4. The traditional solstice celebration with a tree, gifts, sleigh, and red knee coverings, is very ancient and predates the christian takeover by about 5,000 years. A lot of people do not know, the I-Ching hexagrams 21 – 56 are the ten day periods of the solar year, and not a divination tool at all, though some people use it as such. The correlate for dec 21 – 31 is hexagram # 47 Kwan. ” amidst his wine and viands”, “come to him anon the red knee-covers”, “carriage adorned with metal in front of him”, ” well for him to be (as sincere)”, “Khwăn presents us with the picture of a tree within an enclosure”, “Actions,’ not words, are what are required in the case.”, ” his red or vermillion knee-covers, different from the scarlet knee-covers worn by nobles” In the Hindu image for the time, it shows a large hairy man, with white beard and gloves, and even the ball on the hat. The ball on the hat, matches one other decan, and that is where the list is kept. The 8 reindeer, are the 8 parts of the village owned by the people, and the ninth is the central well where everyone draws water. The correlate in Genesis, is chap 26, and is about the strife of the wells. A very convoluted but poignant and correct placement. The entirety of the bible is built this way. Millions died resisting the calendrical obscenity imposed by the invading Romans, who knew well they were destroying thousands of years of wisdom. The Jews and Romans fight over things that belong to neither.

    • This is why the US Constitution very correctly refuses to endorse the establishment of ANY particular religious institution. But, that doesn’t mean the so-called Christian Right won’t rant and rail about “America’s powerful religious, family-friendly culture” being challenged. Ominously, it also doesn’t mean that US Christian Zionism won’t continue to push the USA into some horrible conflict in the Middle East that will be the end of the USA as we know it and the beginning of some kind of Zionist theocracy.

    • Yea, The Passion of Christ was one of the bloodiest violent movies of its time, and Peters Pence was used to invest in the first major motion picture to depict 2 gay adult men having sex.

      The winter solstice, and the fat man delivering gifts has actual science and reason behind it.

      The new year starts on the Vernal equinox, and that too can be proven scientifically.

    • But, David, US Christian fundamentalists don’t need no science or reason. Truth is whatever it says in the Scofield Reference Bible. That includes that the Earth is exactly 6025 years old because one of them counted up the “begats” right back to Adam. And these folks want to tell you and me how to think and what to believe. By the way, I celebrate the Winter Solstice too, just my Scandinavian ancestors did millennia ago.

    • The bible to the “crazies” , is like the gun the Crumbleys bought their son. The Catholics and Jews are culpable as parents of the protestants. They forced them to take the weapon.
      Responsibility needs to be placed on the proper party.

    • A growing number of people are being deceived into believing that Jesus is a myth, not a historical person, that the gospels were made up, I suppose the Acts of the Apostles too. If He were a myth, certainly the Jews, for whom the Jesus is a myth story would have greatly benefited, would have been teaching that from the beginning and not just from relatively recently.

      There is so much confusion today, esp. since all the churches have been colonized and taken over, except the traditional Catholic Church independent from apostate Rome. The papacy was taken over in 1958, as the White Smoke 1958 site documents. It even includes the evidence for a nuclear threat against the Vatican, if not more, in the article there, “Grave Reasons of State.”