Air New Zealand is out with its 2018 Christmas video and features an unlikely star…a miniature version of the U.S. President.
Here’s the premise of this year’s video:
- Santa accidentally emails out his “naughty” list of children to the children themselves instead of the elves
- Shocked children convene a “United Nations” summit in New Zealand to discuss steps to solve the problem
- USA represented by a young boy dressed in a blue suit and a red “Make Christmas Great Again” cap
- During “UN” roundtable, other countries discuss how they will improve behavior
- Mini-Trump says, “I have to say I’m naughty at all. In fact, I’m the nicest person I know.”
- Everyone else laughs, prompting the young Trump to say, “Didn’t expect that reaction, but that’s OK.”
- The reference, of course, is to President Trump’s actual UN speech earlier this year, which evoked similar laughs and a verbatim response from Trump after he claimed his administration had “accomplished more than almost any in US history.”
- New Zealand tips the scales from “naughty” to “nice” by promising to do their chores and be nice to Australia (although fingers are crossed)
- Celebration ensues
- The commercial ends with “Merry Christmas form the nicest place on earth.”
The Trump references are in good fun…it is actually the 2:30 point that I find off-putting. There, the New Zealand kid promises to be nice to Australia while his fingers are crossed behind him. Even so, this “promise” pushes the children from the “naughty” to “nice” category. Lying is not a valuable Christmas lesson or a positive trait any time of year. Santa is portrayed as a bumbling idiot who apparently doesn’t know when kids are conning him.
Then again, I suppose there is no reasons to take this video so seriously…
What do you think?