"Jiggle Bells" is one of the most well-known Christmas tunes of all-time and now it is accused of being "racist."
Boston University theatre professor Kyna Hamill recently argued in a research paper that the popular Christmas song has racist origins.
"The legacy of ‘Jingle Bells’ is one where its blackface and racist origins have been subtly and systematically removed from its history," Hamill argues in her "Theatre Survey" research paper, according to Fox News. She added:
Although "One Horse Open Sleigh," for most of its singers and listeners, may have eluded its racialized past and taken its place in the seemingly unproblematic romanticization of a normal "white" Christmas, attention to the circumstances of its performance history enables reflection on its problematic role in the construction of blackness and whiteness in the United States.
The song also contains "elements of ‘male display,’ boasting, and the unbridled behavior of the male body onstage," Hamill wrote.
How did Hamill respond to the attention drawn to her paper?
She told Fox News: "As I mentioned in my article, the first documented performance of the song is in a blackface minstrel hall in Boston in 1857, the same year it was copyrighted. Much research has been done on the problematic history of this nineteenth-century entertainment."
She also emphasized that her paper has been public for two years and is no way related to the Christmas season.