While trips to visit Santa can sometimes end in tears, it’s not usually because of something that Father Christmas said. But unfortunately, that wasn’t the case for Anthony Mayse. The nine-year old made his annual visit to see Santa in his hometown of Forest City, North Carolina this month to deliver his wish list, which includes a drone and an iPod touch. When the youngster was finished asking Santa for toys, Saint Nick body-shamed the young boy, cruelly responding with this: “Lay off the hamburgers and french fries.”
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Anthony was understandably left in tears, telling local news station WLOS “That really just disrespected me, and I felt awful.” His mother Ashley is demanding the town fire Santa, who did apologize to Anthony after a complaint was made, a gesture that did little to smooth over the upsetting event. “When he went to apologize to me, he didn’t even mean it,” says Anthony.
“It affected me so bad that I was crying until I went to bed that night,” Anthony said. Thankfully, the nine-year old knows Santa’s comments were inappropriate, adding “And I want to say to him, ‘You don’t want to disrespect a nine-year-old. Even though what shape and size you are, it doesn’t matter.'”
We’re impressed with Anthony’s ability to stand up for himself and recognize that body-shaming is wrong. It doesn’t matter what size or shape a person is–no one, absolutely no one, deserves to have their weight criticized by a stranger. Not even by Santa Clause.