Our Sensitive Culture Needs To Get A Backbone For Christmas

Our Sensitive Culture Needs To Get A Backbone For Christmas

Santa's a lil problematic


I love when the holiday season rolls around. It's full of joy, lights, harmony, and accusations that previously cherished Christmas songs are politically incorrect. That's right, we live in a time where the beloved classic 'Baby It's Cold Outside' has been accused multiple times that it is a song that promotes date rape. In this song, the woman uses the weather as an excuse to leave a man's house. There has been much controversy around the line "Say what's in this drink?", as people have assumed that date rape drugs are what's in the drink. Makes sense? Not really. Looking at the song culturally that controversial phrase was actually a phrase used in many 1940s films as a joke. But of course, even during one of the happiest times of the year, there has to be some sort of political uproar. So this year I'm asking Santa to give our society a backbone so we can actually enjoy things without analyzing their political correctness because not everything has to be politically correct to be enjoyed.

If we're looking at Christmas in a non-controversial, politically correct manner, there are too many issues surrounding it. I mean, last time I checked breaking and entering a home is illegal, but our beloved Christmas icon Mr. Claus is known for entering the homes of every child that celebrates Christmas, in the world. Not only this but Santa basically promotes one of the biggest sweatshops in the northern hemisphere. By asking Santa for anything this Christmas you get to live with the guilt that an elf, making under minimum wage, endured unethical hours of work to make that toy, just so they could put food on the table. And don't even get me started on the animal cruelty. I mean genetically modifying reindeer so they can fly? Then making them pull your fat ass in a sleigh all night. Santa... come on!

If we're going to demote a Christmas song for being assumedly "rapey" we might as well demote the whole holiday. Christmas is an empire built on an unethical white slave owner who breaks and enters homes. I'm kidding. Let's enjoy the holiday season and try to put aside political correctness. Christmas is about being with family and friends and giving. Let's practice this instead of fine-tuning our holiday season to make it as unproblematic as possible. But, if you still think 'Baby It's Cold Outside' is politically incorrect, I've provided you with the politically correct version of the song.

Lydia Liza and Josiah Lemanski - Baby It's Cold Outside (Live on The Current) www.youtube.com

Spoiler: The drink is Pomegranate La Croix

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Bonnaroo Is Unlike Any Other Music Festival

4 days of camping, 150 performers, 10 stages, and the most incredible experience you'll ever encounter in the middle of Tennessee.


The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival takes place in an enormous 700-acre field -- nicknamed "The Farm" -- in Manchester, Tennessee. Festival-goers from all over the country fly, drive, or walk into the festival to experience 4 days of music, activities, and food. This past weekend was my first time going, and I can without a doubt say that it was one of the greatest experiences of my life. One of Bonnaroo's common sayings is "Radiate Positivity," and the 4 days spent there are factual evidence of the saying. At Bonnaroo, there is no stress, no worry, and not a care in the world. People of all kinds come together each year to celebrate life, love, and music without judgment. Each person's authenticity was something I noticed as soon as I stepped foot into the festival.

You can embrace your true self without apology. Each person is there to lift you up, too.

The atmosphere is much different than anything else I have experienced before. Even when my friends and I felt tired, or if the sun was just too hot to bear, we still did not mind being on our feet for hours on end. We enjoyed being exactly where we were, despite the minor inconveniences we may have faced -- like sitting in 5-hour traffic to get into the campground! I may sound crazy for saying this, but time truly did slow down while we were on The Farm.

My friends and I pulled up to the campground at 6 a.m. on Thursday morning as The Farm buzzed with people. We were too excited to go to sleep, so we spent the morning exploring the place instead. Day or night, everyone was alive with smiles that were contagious. We heard the words "Happy Roo!" from friends and strangers alike.

No matter where you came from, everyone was family at Bonnaroo.

One thing I noticed this past weekend was that everyone was there to help one another. If we needed help with setting up our tent, our neighbors who camped next to us were there to help in seconds. If someone tripped and fell, three people would be there to help the person up. If someone needed a few bucks for water, there was someone in line who was more than willing to cover the cost. I felt so at home there, as if I was a part of this community consisting of all types of people. I felt like I belonged there.

Alongside incredible people and a fulfilling community, there was stellar music as well (of course!). Headliners such as The Lumineers, Post Malone, and Kacey Musgraves rocked The Farm with new and old hits that hyped up the crowds.

Each performer reminded us that Bonnaroo is a safe place and does not discriminate against any person.

Hearing these words so often gave me so much hope for this world and the changes we can make. Bonnaroo is known as a Music and Arts Festival for a reason because it also promotes and sells eco-friendly living and handmade creations all throughout the festival. The activities that are available to attendees set the festival apart from other music festivals.

Bonnaroo connects us all through music, acceptance, and love. I can't wait to go back next summer!

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No more corners, maps, or the like,

Just the light at the top of the stairs.

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Dreams that have yet to be achieved,

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Fulfillment down.

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