By Jamie Rivera Published 10/25/2012 12:16:00 | Views: 949
Not even Santa is exempt from anti-smoking activist

We are aware that for decades the tobacco industry targeted underage smokers. But altering an iconic piece of literature because it contains references to smoking seems like it’s going a bit far. Canadian publisher Pamela McColl, who is also an anti-smoking activist, is printing a version of Clement C. Moore’s famous poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas," better known to known to most of us by its first line: "'Twas the night before Christmas." McColl said she is omitting a line about Santa smoking a pipe and removing the corresponding artwork because she doesn’t think "Santa should be smoking in the 21st century." More rational adults, including the American Library Association, have called McColl’s overly PC decision a form of censorship. [Source]

Do you think this change is necessary or ridiculous?

By Jamie Rivera 10/25/2012 12:16:00

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