Furious NASCAR fans slam company as pathetic after including Happy Holidays message

‘The correct term is Merry Christmas!’ Furious NASCAR fans slam company as ‘pathetic’ after sending out ‘inclusive’ Happy Holidays message

  • NASCAR tweeted a message stating ‘Happy Holidays’ which appeared to irate several followers online
  • NASCAR has a largely Christian and conservative fan base but has attempted to broaden its appeal in recent years
  • Similar messages were tweeted in earlier years with a far less visceral response

NASCAR has been branded as ‘pathetic’ by some of its most loyal fans after the company tweeted a message to its fans wishing them ‘Happy Holidays’ a week before Christmas.

‘To all those celebrating this month, we wish you a safe and joyful holiday season!’ NASCAR tweeted while tactfully avoiding any mention of any specific religious holiday at all.

Of course, it is Christmas that is widely celebrated by the largely Christian and conservative fan base of NASCAR.

The use of ‘Happy Holidays’ instead of ‘Merry Christmas’ and the phrase ‘to all those celebrating this month’ came across as awkward and triggered a host of negative reactions from the NASCAR fan base online.

'To all those celebrating this month, we wish you a safe and joyful holiday season!'  NASCAR tweeted while tactfully avoiding any mention of any specific religious holiday at all.

‘To all those celebrating this month, we wish you a safe and joyful holiday season!’ NASCAR tweeted while tactfully avoiding any mention of any specific religious holiday at all.

Many responses to the tweet continued in much the same vein with Twitter users agitated at the use of politically correct language

Many responses to the tweet continued in much the same vein with Twitter users agitated at the use of politically correct language

‘I think what you meant to say was ‘Merry CHRISTMAS’!!!’ wrote one.

‘Its Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, but thanks.’ added another.

‘Screw that! MERRY CHRISTMAS!’ tweeted another agitated NASCAR follower.

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

While NASCAR has a diverse fan base that includes people of different ages, genders, ethnicities, and backgrounds the sport has traditionally had a strong following in the southeastern US 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 noose hoax levels in terms of NASCAR wokeness, but it is another example of an American sport trying to ditch the people who made it a success,’ declared a writer for far-right website Breitbart in a short opinion piece.

Other responses appeared to focus on what might have driven NASCAR to send out such a tweet in the first place

Other responses appeared to focus on what might have driven NASCAR to send out such a tweet in the first place

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

I’m actually glad NASCAR is going this way. Saying ‘Merry Christmas’ alone would act like all the other holidays in December are non-existent (eg Hanukkah and Kwanzaa).’ wrote one.

‘Old NASCAR fans complain about their favorite sport’s fan base declining but then proceed to complain about NASCAR trying to reach newer audiences to increase the fan base. Y’all make so much sense,’ another user pointed out.

‘I just know the people trying to force the Christian holiday down everyone’s throats will be back in June telling us to stop forcing our views down everyone’s throats again,’ one Tweet suggested.

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

Despite the outrage this year, in previous years NASCAR has used the term ‘Happy Holidays’ and the more generic ‘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 the outrage this year, in previous years NASCAR used the term 'Happy Holidays' in its holiday greetings with little to no online backlash

Despite the outrage this year, in previous years NASCAR used the term ‘Happy Holidays’ in its holiday greetings with little to no online backlash

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