Does Santa’s Race Matter? The Ladies Of ‘The Real’ Weigh In On The Controversy
Michael Yarish

The ladies of The Real got candid about Santa’s race on Tuesday’s episode with guest Evelyn Lozada. 

Co-host Adrienne Bailon said, “I grew up with a black santa my whole life. Papa Joe dresses up like santa every year!”

The discussion comes after the Mall of America hired an African-American man to be Santa this year, a decision that received tons of hate from people who think a man who isn’t real can only be white. 

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“It’s not so much the physical of santa,” Bailon said, “it’s what he stands for. It’s the idea of being — not naughty — but being nice. It’s about doing the right thing, being generous, giving back, hope. And, just the magic of Santa Claus. It’s not about a race thing.”