Arthur sees red af­ter miss­ing Santa role

The Advertiser - - NEWS - ASH­LEIGH PISANI

ALL Arthur But­ler wants for Christ­mas is the chance to spread joy as the jolly man in red.

The Abo­rig­i­nal man from Kur­ralta Park says he des­per­ately wants a job play­ing Father Christ­mas af­ter be­ing dis­mayed by a re­cent on­line ad­ver­tise­ment from a tal­ent agency look­ing for “Cau­casian” men to play the part this fes­tive sea­son.

“I was a bit shocked by it,” Mr But­ler says.

“That was one of the rea­sons I went for it – to try and change things up – and I want to show other (Abo­rig­i­nal) peo­ple they can do it as well.”

Mr But­ler says he would “love to be Santa to see the kids’ faces light up”.

“I love to bring hap­pi­ness into peo­ple’s lives,” he says.

Mr But­ler called the tal­ent agency and they told him be­ing Abo­rig­i­nal would not hurt his ap­pli­ca­tion but that they had al­ready filled all of the po­si­tions.

So Mr But­ler and his friends have started a Face­book page, called Arthur for Santa Gig, to try to make his dream come true.

Pic­ture: MATT TURNER

NO JOY: Arthur But­ler was shocked by an ad to re­cruit a Cau­casian Father Christ­mas.

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