Josh Golin, the coalition's associate director, reiterated his criticism in an interview with The Associated Press, but he called the brouhaha a media manufactured controversy.'' The coalition hadn't known about the fighter jet video until reporters called, he said.
A children's advocacy group says an animated video on the NORAD Tracks Santa website injects militarism into Christmas by showing fighter jets escorting Santa's sleigh. It's a rare swipe at the popular program, which last year attracted a record 22.3 million unique visitors from around the world to its website.
This is very much a fun and safe and nonviolent site that children of all ages can visit,'' Davis said. Parents can be confident their children will walk away (and) have had fun and potentially have learned something, too.''
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That's way off the charts for any other videos we've done before,'' Davis said. It's a Air Max 90 Ice Qs longer, fast paced mix of animation and real life footage billed as a test flight for Santa, who gets the military tag Big Red One.''
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The flap has driven lots of viewers to the video, nearly 265,000 on YouTube by midday Monday.
We really do feel strongly that it's something that is safe and non threatening, and not something that would negatively impact children,'' he said. In fact, we think that it's a lot of fun.''
It's now a Christmas tradition that thrills millions of kids, and parents. Last year, global monitoring of Santa's voyage logged 114,000 phone calls to NORAD, 1.2 million Facebook followers and 129,000 Twitter followers.
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The Boston based Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood said the video brings violence and militarism to a beloved tradition. Others had similar criticism. Blogs and Twitter lit up with volleys from both sides.
And he insisted the fighters in the video are unarmed: They're Canadian Air Force CF 18s, with a large external fuel tank under the belly that might look like a bomb. The wing racks that would carry bombs or missiles are empty, he explained.
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