An upcoming children’s picture book themed for the holiday season is primed to cause some controversy due to the visual narrative and focus of the book.
According to Time Magazine, a spokesperson for Harper Design, the book’s publisher, said in a recent statement that this future release will feature a gay black Santa Claus who is in a relationship with a white man. Both of them live in the North Pole. The title of the book is called “Santa’s Husband.”
The book is obviously a LGBTQ-friendly book that strays away from the traditional, hetero$exual Christmas narrative about Santa Claus having a Mrs. Claus living with him in the North Pole. This parody book’s author is Daniel Kibblesmith, a staff writer for The Late Show With Stephen Cobert and co-author of a book titled How to Win at Everything.
Kibblesmith is known for his bold and satirical writing style. In a Twitter posting made during last year’s holiday season, Kibblesmith said he would raise his children with the belief that Santa Claus is black. “If they see a white one, we’ll say ‘That’s his husband,’” Kibblesmith tweeted.
The idea for “Santa’s Husband” was born when Kibblesmith’s December 2016 tweet received 3,300 retweets and 8,300 likes. Kibblesmith’s tweet was even featured as a subject on some notable parenting blogs, according to the Huffington Post.
“Some people — not me — even believe that Santa Claus is just your parents, which would mean that there are as many interpretations of Santa Claus as there are different kinds of families,” Kibblesmith told the Huffington Post.
“But again, this is only a theory, because Santa Claus is real, and we have written a book about him,” he continued.
Harper Design also said in its statement that “Santa’s Husband” is intended for people of all ages. The book is scheduled to be released on October 10th.