Has COVID-19 sucked out our sense of humour along with our freedom? Bunnings has pulled a controversial Christmas decoration off the shelves as some shoppers have complained its inappropriate.

Christmas has come early to the hardware giant with Bunnings stocking a full range of Christmas lights, baubles and fun inflatables. But one poor Christmas decoration has got the axe after a few testy shoppers got into a tizz.

I might have a bit of a warped sense of humour, but a Christmas decoration that makes me giggle gets a big thumbs up from me. But no, the powers that be at Bunnings have made the call that an axe throwing Santa has no place at the Christmas table this year.


The hardware chain said it had withdrawn the new $129 inflatable Christmas decoration after deeming it “inappropriate”.

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“While we’re always looking for unique Christmas items we decided this product wasn’t appropriate and we’ve withdrawn it from sale,” Bunnings director of merchandise Phil Bishop said in a statement.

Stunt Santa Is Out!

The Christmas decoration that got the cut was a massive 1.8m inflatable which include an axe-wielding Santa and a reindeer stuck to a rotating bullseye. The product was topped off with illuminated LED lights.

I Want One!

“It’s really cool, the target deflates after being ‘axed’ and pops back up again,” said one excited shopper on Facebook.

“I’m horrified but want one,” said another.

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Karen’s Work Is Done!

While of course there are a few who are clapping their hands in glee, others were left shaking their heads in dismay.

There were one or two brave supporters who expressed their delight:

“Yes, let’s encourage respect for animals. There is so much animal cruelty in the world. Let bring up children to be respectful and caring.”


But most were loudly boo-ing the move to cancel the humorous Christmas decoration.

“My 4 year old thinks that reindeer is super brave and laughed! Inappropriate? Or you’re just teaching your kids to act like sissys and EVERYTHING is offensive, get a grip,” read a comment on Facebook.

“I’m pretty sure people would love to substitute the reindeer for something else..
Ehhhh buy a sense of humor people,don’t like it, don’t buy it! Problem solved!”

“I grow up with and raising my children with if its something inappropriate that’s ok for someone else to have cause they may not find it inappropriate, and the same goes to others with us.
It’s just simple, you don’t like something don’t buy it, you like something buy it.”

“My 10 year old thought it was awesome. They also have Santa riding a shark so his reasoning was the reindeers were no longer needed with Santas new transport”

“Inappropriate, yes. Absolutely hilarious, also yes. And yes, I so would have bought this!”

“FFS does no one have a sense of humour anymore!! This is a Christmas spin on a carnival stunt act, not a torture device. Grow up!”

“I think some ppl need to ask Santa for a sense of humour for Christmas this year”

While the Bunnings Christmas loot no longer includes the stunt Santa, there is still plenty more festive cheer on offer. There’s a Santa riding a shark, driving a forklift full of pressies, and even a musical Santa playing the saxophone.

Do you agree with Bunnings’s decision to pull the Santa Christmas decoration? Tell us in the comments below.

  • I don’t really get what’s to like about this decoration….it’s stupid..


  • I’m not sure what’s inappropriate about this, we are talking about a make believe Santa and his Reindeer…how can this be misconstrued as reality?


  • I’m not at all offended by the inflatable nor the removal of it. I’m confused as to how it relates to Christmas??!


  • I’m afraid it’s a sign of the times. Minorities have more sway over majorities nowadays. 2 Bluey episodes were pulled off air because on 1, thats right ONE, complaint its a very sad state of affairs


  • LOL I think that’s hilarious and my hubby would love it- he doesn’t even like Christmas! They need to cater to a variety not just one small group of cranks.


  • It’s not my cup of tea and even though I’m an atheist isn’t in the spirit of Christmas for those who are of the faith but there are plenty of people in the world who appreciate that type of thing and see some humerous side to a plastic Santa throwing an axe at a reindeer. I can’t see any ho, ho, ho amusement in that. What’s next, Santa mowing down a puppy or a kitten with his sleigh? Having said all of that, to each their own and Bunnings have the right to decide what’s appropriate for sale on their shelves. I’m just surprised they were even for sale in the first place.


  • No, seems over the top. You can’t please everyone, people are so sensitive these days


  • No not at all, so many people taking away other peoples joy because they don’t agree with it, yet its not hurting anyone


  • My kids would have a laugh about it, seeing the funny side


  • People are wayyy too sensitive now days


  • Most people would consider this ‘not in the Spirit of Christmas’, but, with all we’ve been through/going through, a little humour is a scarce thing! Completely an individual choice whether to buy or not to buy ….


  • It’s kind of on the nose. I like it but I understand why it would be taken off the shelves.


  • Not my cup of tea.
    But wouldn’t get offended if others purchased it and displayed it.
    I think we all need a good laugh this year


  • So sad they have pulled this as I was going to get one.
    Why can’t people just have fun these days. Everyone always wants something to whinge about. If you don’t like it don’t buy it. Simple.


  • I’d probably pass on that but I can see why some people think its funny, just not my taste.


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