“Gangsta Claus” Play Has Parents Mad
When you think school Christmas show, you think music and singing. Real Charlie Brown, right? Not at Magnolia High School in Arkansas. The students put on a play called “Billy Shakespeare’s Christmas Extravaganza and Traveling Freak Show” which has a vignette dedicated to a character called Gangsta Claus that shoots up a Walmart and himself gets shot.
According to Arkansas’ WAFB,
“Gangsta Claus” is part of “a collection of four Christmas-themed short comedies in which elves go on strike, Santa turns gangsta, a shameless huckster attempts to sell the holiday, and two Texas girls try to get their first white Christmas by fighting global warming.”
“A dying Santa is seen placing a curse on the thug who shot him, condemning the man to become the new Santa.”
Not exactly “A Christmas Carol”. The parents and teachers are upset with the drama teacher for choosing the kind of material that sounds like it belongs in a “South Park” Christmas special. They argue that it flies in the face of the school’s tough stance on gun violence and weapons on campus (Santa and the elves shoot it out with paper guns).
This play was obviously a bad idea but the teacher just deserves a slap on the wrist. No, gun violence isn’t the best thing to have on stage as part of a Christmas celebration, and yes, the number of school shootings has everyone on edge, but it’s really not the worst thing kids can do. There are so many other things to worry about instead of a tasteless school play.
What would you do if this was at your child’s school?