I'll actually give Tiffany Cross some credit: she made an effort to keep her MSNBC Christmas show today largely upbeat and apolitical. Lots of light-hearted stuff about "what's your fave Christmas movie, song?" etc.
That is, until Cross welcomed Michael Harriot onto the show, and ugly anti-Christian and anti-white bigotry broke out.
Cross asked Harriot, a Guardian columnist, about his Christmas/New Year's plans. Harriot said he was raised celebrating Kwaanza, then added:
"I'm always having the woke Christmas. So, you know, I'm always hating on Christmas, and telling everybody that Kwaanza is a better holiday than Christmas. So that's my favorite thing to do, just hating on Christmas."
The show then displayed Harriot's chosen meme, which read:
"Christmas would have your children believe an obese white man broke into your house and left presents for them. Is that what you want your kids to think about the gifts you worked hard all year to buy?"
Cross declared that "hilarious."
The irony is that earlier in the show, Cross scoffed at the idea that there is a War on Christmas, asking, "Is there really a War on Christmas? Of course not."
Yeah, because nothing says No War on Christmas like someone saying his favorite thing is "hating on Christmas" and describing Santa Claus as an obese white man committing multiple B&Es.
An MSNBC guest saying his favorite thing is "hating on Christmas," and whose favorite meme depicts Santa Claus as "an obese white man [who] broke into your house" was sponsored in part by Downy, Progressive, Philadelphia Cream Cheese.
Here's the transcript.
The Cross Connection
10:48 am ET
TIFFANY CROSS: Is there really a War on Christmas? Of course not. But we're going to talk about it with my holiday panel.
. . .
What's your plan for New Year's, and do I have an invite there? I need to make choices. I got one invite. What's your plan at the Harriot household?
MICHAEL HARRIOT: I don't have any plans for New Year's. I grew up celebrating Kwanzaa, so, like, New Year's was the last day of Kwanzaa, and the Delta's always gave away a bike, so I would be praying that I would win the bike every year for a Kwanzaa celebration. So that's what I used to try to do: win a bike.
. . .
CROSS: And Michael Harriot, what do you got for us?
HARRIOT: You know, I'm always having the woke Christmas. So, I'm always hating on Christmas, telling everybody that Kwanzaa is a better holiday than Christmas.
So that's my favorite thing: is just hating on Christmas, telling everybody that they need to get into Kwanzaa. Let's make Kwanzaa great!
CROSS: Is there a meme that goes along with that? Or is that just, is Michael Harriot the meme for let's make Kwanzaa great?
Oh, there we go! There we go.
MEME DISPLAYED ON SCREEN: [Much laughter on the set] Christmas would have your children believe an obese white man broke into your house and left presents for them. Is that what you want your kids to think about the gifts you worked hard all year to buy?
CROSS: That is hilarious.