Angry NASCAR fans slam company as pathetic after inclusive Happy Holidays message

‘The correct expression is Merry Christmas!’ Angry NASCAR fans slam company as ‘pathetic’ after sending ‘inclusive’ happy holiday message

  • NASCAR tweeted a message that read “Happy Holidays,” which seemed to anger several online followers
  • The company has a largely Christian and conservative following, but has tried to broaden its appeal in recent years
  • Similar messages were tweeted in previous years with a far less visceral response

NASCAR was branded “pathetic” by some of its most devoted fans after the company tweeted a message to its fans wishing them “happy holidays” a week before Christmas.

“To all who celebrate this month, we wish you a safe and happy holiday season!” NASCAR tweeted, while tactfully avoiding any mention of any specific religious holiday at all.

Of course, it’s Christmas that’s widely celebrated by NASCAR’s largely Christian and conservative fan base.

The use of “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas” and the phrase “to everyone celebrating this month” felt awkward and drew a lot of negative reactions from the NASCAR fan community online.

“To all who celebrate this month, we wish you a safe and happy holiday season!” NASCAR tweeted, while tactfully avoiding any mention of any specific religious holiday at all.

Many replies to the tweet continued in a similar vein, with Twitter users upset at the use of politically correct language

Many replies to the tweet continued in a similar vein, with Twitter users upset at the use of politically correct language

‘I think what you meant was ‘Merry Christmas’!!!’ wrote one.

‘It’s Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, but thank you.’ added another.

,Fuck it all! MERRY CHRISTMAS!’ tweeted another excited NASCAR supporter.

“Can’t say Merry Christmas NASCAR? Pathetic.’ explained another tweet.

While NASCAR has a diverse fan base that includes people of different ages, genders, races, and backgrounds, the sport has traditionally had a strong following in the US Southeast, with many of its fans being white and male.

In recent years, NASCAR has made efforts to diversify its fan base and attract a more diverse group of fans.

“The tweet is nowhere near Bubba Wallace’s noose hoax in terms of NASCAR wakefulness, but it’s another example of an American sport trying to let down the people who made it a success leave,” explained a writer for the far-right website Breitbart in a short opinion piece.

Other replies seemed to focus on what might have prompted NASCAR to send out such a tweet in the first place

Other replies seemed to focus on what might have prompted NASCAR to send out such a tweet in the first place

Other responses to the holiday tweet seemed to focus on what might have prompted NASCAR to send out such a message in the first place.

“I’m actually glad NASCAR is doing this. Just saying ‘Merry Christmas’ would seem like all other holidays in December don’t exist (e.g. Hanukkah and Kwanzaa).’ wrote one.

“Old NASCAR fans complain about the decline in their favorite sport’s fan base, but then continue to complain that NASCAR is trying to reach newer audiences to increase fan bases. They all make so much sense,” pointed out another user.

“All I know is that the people trying to foist the Christian holiday on everyone will be back in June telling us to stop foisting our views on everyone again,” one tweet suggested.

“Seriously, if I had a dollar for every redneck who complained about ‘Happy Holidays,’ I’d be a rich man.”

Despite this year’s outrage, for years past, NASCAR has used the term “happy holidays” and the more general “seasons greetings” in its holiday greetings with little to no online backlash.

On one occasion it even included references to the Jewish festival of Hanukkah and the African American celebration of Kwanzaa.

Despite this year's outrage, NASCAR has used the term

Despite this year’s outrage, NASCAR has used the term “happy holidays” in its holiday greetings for years past with little to no online backlash

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