Santa is gay (at least in Norway)
November 23, 2021 3:41 AM   Subscribe

In 2022 it's been fifty years since you can love who you want in Norway.
When Harry met Santa -- a Christmas commercial from the Norwegian Post Office. (You don't need to speak Norwegian to get the gist.)
posted by MartinWisse (26 comments total) 42 users marked this as a favorite
 
Herlig! Going to be absolutely hilarious watching the anti-woke brigade getting 'triggered' by this.
posted by knapah at 4:09 AM on November 23 [3 favorites]


Not only Santa is gay but Santa is a gay older man and I am absolutely here for it
posted by thegirlwiththehat at 4:18 AM on November 23 [9 favorites]


That's beautiful.
posted by Ice Cream Socialist at 4:18 AM on November 23


Time to update the old joke:

Q: Why is Mrs Claus Harry so grumpy?

A: Because Santa only comes once a year.
posted by chavenet at 4:25 AM on November 23 [5 favorites]


That Norwegian Santa also looks like he is a bit less into mince pies; a bit more into scoring fly agaric.
posted by rongorongo at 4:55 AM on November 23 [1 favorite]


That was beautiful. I watched it again with English subtitles.
posted by ceejaytee at 5:18 AM on November 23 [6 favorites]


a bit more into scoring fly agaric.

"We were somewhere round chimneys on the edge of the rooftop when the drugs began to take hold."
posted by Paul Slade at 5:20 AM on November 23 [5 favorites]


I saw Harry kissing Santa Claus, and it was lovely.
posted by Orange Dinosaur Slide at 5:48 AM on November 23 [4 favorites]


I cried <3
posted by Balthamos at 5:50 AM on November 23 [3 favorites]


Berserkers in the War on Christmas.
posted by Jessica Savitch's Coke Spoon at 7:01 AM on November 23


But does he stay? Why doesn't he ever stay?
posted by If only I had a penguin... at 7:06 AM on November 23 [2 favorites]


yes, my tear ducts threatened to produce moisture I'm not going to lie

we can handily beat you in hockey, but Norway eats our lunch in just about every other way (love from Canada)
posted by elkevelvet at 7:17 AM on November 23 [2 favorites]


Why doesn't he ever stay?

Not his style. Santa's one of those guys who just empties his sack and leaves.
posted by Paul Slade at 8:49 AM on November 23 [19 favorites]


Going to be absolutely hilarious watching the anti-woke brigade getting 'triggered' by this.

Yeah, chew on this my little "Aryan" Norse-philes. But...but...vikings.
posted by Abehammerb Lincoln at 9:35 AM on November 23 [2 favorites]


Santa is gay (at least in Norway)

The implication being he's got all kinds of side action going on in different countries. He's probably got a nice Ace person as his last stop in American Samoa.
posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 10:22 AM on November 23 [1 favorite]


...and now I'm ugly crying at work. Beautiful, but damn.
posted by ApathyGirl at 10:46 AM on November 23


Awesome and lovely.

However, the last thing I knowingly watched from Norway was The Wave...and in that final scene of the Santa advert when the camera pans up and back from the house and we can see a fiord / lake in the background......well let's just say I'd totally be up for a Wave remix where Santa and Norway dude have to save the town, and Kristoffer Joner is like their side-kick scientist who doesn't believe in Santa but has a change of heart when Santa pulls some magic to save a bus of kids or something......
posted by inflatablekiwi at 11:16 AM on November 23 [1 favorite]


Like slicing onions, that ad.
posted by Lyme Drop at 3:28 PM on November 23


At my house, it's canonical that Santa is Black, and if you see a white Santa, that's his husband helping out.
posted by jb at 3:41 PM on November 23 [11 favorites]


The music is Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming, an old German carol, and it's a very beautiful rendition. I teared up; what an engaging love story told with great economy and charm. I will repost this with no hints. Thank you.
posted by theora55 at 3:49 PM on November 23 [3 favorites]


Look Santa starts out as imaginary. Whats wrong with someone making him gay and imaginary?
posted by Nanukthedog at 4:28 PM on November 23 [2 favorites]


Norwegian here - the day before yesterday we lost Kim Friele (not much info on English WP, sorry), one of the major influential forces in getting homosexuality first decriminalized in 1972 and then declassified as a psychiatric condition in 1978. Her life could absolutely be an FPP, if not a major motion picture, but there's not that much information in English out there. She came out in the mid-sixties, which I can only imagine took great courage, and worked tirelessly for most of her life for LGBT rights. I don't know if she got to see Gay Santa Post Office Commercial before she died, but I can only assume that she'd be pleased.
posted by Harald74 at 12:01 AM on November 24 [18 favorites]


It's started getting attention from the British right wing media hoping for some rage clicks and judging by the comments "why are you politicising Santa?!" it'll work for them.
posted by knapah at 6:28 AM on November 24


Santa is an asshole. There are 364 perfectly good days every year where he doesn't need to deliver packages, but does he show up to his long distance love on any of those days? Nope.
posted by ymgve at 8:36 AM on November 24 [4 favorites]


Dear Santa, please take me to live and love in Norway, ahn
posted by a humble nudibranch at 10:40 PM on November 24


I just love this and have watched it a bunch of times now. Why does Harry write his note in English?
posted by inexorably_forward at 3:52 AM on November 26


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