Ban SantaCon

New York Times:

SantaCons of years past have been distinguished by sexism, drunkenness, xenophobia, homophobia and enough incidents of public vomiting and urination to fill an infinite dunk tank. Despite these rampant violations, the departing police commissioner, Raymond W. Kelly, recently praised SantaCon, claiming that it “makes New York New York.”

So “sexism, drunkenness, xenophobia, homophobia” are what make New York be New York? Bull.



  • matthewmaurice

    While they are always exceptions, outliers, and assholes, you won’t see much homophobia in SF on Saturday (especially on the “Castro Route”).

  • stsk

    I dunno, those things are pretty much what I think of when someone mentions NY, along with shitty pizza and a radio antenna they pretend gives them the tallest US building…

  • Moeskido

    Raymond Kelly isn’t a cop, he’s a symptom.

  • JDSoCal

    “SantaCons of years past have been distinguished by sexism, drunkenness, xenophobia, homophobia”

    If the NY Times says it, it must be true.

    • Moeskido

      This was a guest editorial by a Yahoo news editor. You’re still batting 1000, champ.

      • Sigivald

        “A version of this op-ed appears in print on December 13, 2013, on page A39 of the New York edition with the headline: Bring Drunken Santas Under Control.”

        The Times still printed it (literally!) and didn’t reject it.

        That he’s not on the permanent Editorial Board doesn’t change anything – it’s not like this was an un-vetted online “contributor” where the Times had nothing to do with the content.

        • Moeskido

          My point was that this was opinion, not reporting. We all could benefit if more of our sources made that distinction, don’t you think?

  • holiday bias

    so then why dont we cancel st patricks day, its 100 times worse. that holiday is a god damn embarassment for humanity.

  • Sigivald

    There’s SantaCon crap here, too, but I don’t notice anything there but the drunkenness.

    The problem must be New Yorkers, not dressing like Santa and drinking.