Christmas Songs day 18: Dominick the Italian Donkey and Donde Esta Santa Clause

This one is a request from Kae, a song called Dominick the Italian Christmas Donkey:

First of all, why does it sound like the song from Sorcerer’s Apprentice?

Secondly, my god what the fuck is this?!

Unlike Six White Boomers, I’m not seeing anything redeeming about this.

Children sing, and clap their hands,
And Dominick starts to dance.
They talk Italian to him,
And he even understands.

Just… what.

Alright, that’s done, let’s move on to something less clearly awful.

At first blush, this seems just a cute childish song, but… I don’t know. From pointing out the prominent accent and English issues (“I know that I should be the sleeping”, “I go sleep now”) to the use of “mamacita” (is that a term that children use for their mothers? Because I’ve only seen it used as a rather sexually charged term for a young lady, like “hot mama” rather than “mommy”), it seems more and more like, well…

Like the entire joke is “Isn’t that hilarious, this kid is hispanic!”

Which. Is kind of racist.

Straight No Chaser seems to dial it back a little:

What do you guys think?

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3 Responses to Christmas Songs day 18: Dominick the Italian Donkey and Donde Esta Santa Clause

  1. Firedrake says:

    I think the dates may be a clue here. Dominick the Christmas Donkey was recorded in the early 1960s…

  2. robin says:

    With regards to mamacita, my father called his mother that because she was so short so maybe it only became “hot mama” a lot later.

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