Monday, December 12, 2011

American audiences are not quite ready for Santa's other helper

No, not Zwarte Piet — although he's not welcome either in the New World.

This is Krampus, an Alpine demon who "finds a particularly naughty child, it stuffs the child in its sack and carries the frightened thing away to its lair, presumably to devour for its Christmas dinner."

What can I say? Those mountain volk are hardcore.

The specific Krampus tale in question is a stop-motion animation (the old-school technique used in the Rudolph Christmas classic) of the Krampmeister showing up at the home of some naughty kinder, licking them with his foot-long tongue,  thrashing the scheiße out of them and carrying them off. Doesn't it just warm your heart?

The short was produced for the holiday edition of Anthony Bourdain's Travel Channel show, No Reservations. According to Gawker, following news of the horrific Penn State child rapes and wide-ranging repercussions, the network felt it was just not the right time to lay this trip on America's parents and pulled it.

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