Let’s cut right to the chase: 2016 sucked. Whether we’re talking about the turbulent election season, the horrors that happened daily in the news – or any world issue for that matter, it was a rough one. Because it was so exhausting, a lot of us are heading into the holiday season feeling drained.
This is exactly why comedian and actress Carla Valderrama’s parody of the Christmas classic “White Christmas” is spot on and necessary.
“I’m dreaming of a Woke Christmas, unlike the ones I used to know. Where the police listen, and quit filling prisons, and Colin Kaepernick’s a hero,” Valderrama croons in a strong voice.
Valderrama addresses the importance of the Black Lives Matter movement, calls out Hollywood white-washing and racist sports logos in her song.
It’s pretty friggin amazing.
Valderrama told mitú she got the idea for the song way back during Halloween while at the mall.
“I decided I wanted to write a Christmas song that addressed all of the things that I and many others were feeling right now. ‘White Christmas’ is the most popular Christmas song and every year I put it on blast all day. This year I didn’t want that. I didn’t want a ‘White Christmas.’ I wanted a ‘Woke Christmas.’ I wrote the song that night.”
Valderrama’s video is not only hilarious, but truthful and unapologetic.
She hopes people can take away the “true meaning of Christmas” from her video.
“I hope people are reminded of the true meaning of Christmas, which for me is love, and realize that there is more than one reality to life in this world and we should love each other,” Valderrama told us.
And for Latinas that dream of breaking into comedy and acting, Valderrama has some great advice.
“Create your own work!” she says. “Don’t wait for something to come along because it most likely won’t. It’s up to you to show people what you do. Also, if you’re in Los Angeles, take Eric Moneypenny’s sketch class at the Pack Theater.”
Praise, queen! Now go forth and be woke, people!