Comedian Carla Valderrama only has one wish this holiday season, and it’s for a “Woke Christmas.” The veteran of the UCB and Groundlings improv group’s song takes on Black Lives Matter, the Dakota Access Pipeline, Colin Kaepernick’s protests, the controversial Cleveland Indians logo, discriminatory bathroom laws and a host of other topics from this year’s headlines in a YouTube video that pulls no punches.
“I was sick and tired of being sick and tired of all the racial and social injustice that was happening,” Valderrama — part of the all-Latino improv team GERALDO — told The Advocate. “On Halloween night I was at the mall and the stores were setting up for Christmas. I decided I wanted to write a Christmas song that addressed all of the things people were feeling.”
She continued in describing her inspiration: “‘White Christmas’ is the most popular Christmas song and every year I put it on blast all day. This year I didn’t want that. I didn’t want a ‘White Christmas.’ I wanted something to remind people that there is more than one reality to life in this country. I wanted a ‘Woke Christmas.’”
“I’m dreaming of a woke Christmas/ With every Facebook post I write,” she sings in the clip, which features a black Santa bouncing across the lyrics. “Bringing Black Lives Matter to light/ And reminding Matt Damon he is white.”