When Harry Met Santa Claus: Norwegian Christmas Ad Celebrates Gay Rights Anniversary

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The Norwegian postal service, Posten, is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Norway’s decriminalization of same-sex relationships with a heartwarming Christmas commercial in which Santa Claus begins a romance with a man named Harry. In the almost four minute film https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDLumk_rQQw titled “When Harry Met Santa Claus” – a nod to the 1989 romantic comedy “When Harry Met Sally … “with Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan – Harry sees Santa Claus delivering presents to his house.

Meeting again every Christmas for several years, the two slowly forge a bond. But Santa’s busy schedule only allows for fleeting encounters – until he enlists Posten from Norway to help with deliveries and the two can finally hang out together and kiss in the final scene. . “This year it’s all about love – highlighting that 2022 marks the 50th anniversary of the decriminalization of homosexuality in Norway,” Posten said in a statement.

“In addition to showing the flexibility of our services, we want to put it in a socially relevant framework,” he said. With some 14,000 employees in total, Posten, a state-owned company, also has a workforce that is diverse in terms of age, gender, religion, sexual orientation and ethnicity.

“Everyone should feel welcome, seen, heard and included. This year’s Christmas commercial embraces that,” he said. Reactions to the announcement have been overwhelmingly positive, a spokesperson for the Postal Service said.

Among those who commented publicly was former US Ambassador to Denmark Rufus Gifford, who is himself gay. “Oh man, I love Scandinavia. Imagine if the US Post ran an ad like this,” he tweeted https://twitter.com/rufusgifford/status/1463710729765281797.

The commercial “When Harry Met Santa Claus” was produced by Norwegian creative agency POL and producers B-Reel Films.

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