A Muslim man dressed as Santa for Christmas photos appears to have divided shoppers at a Sydney mall with some being critical but others happy to have him there.
Ersin Tustas has been working as Santa at the Rockdale Plaza since the beginning of the season – posing with children to create happy Christmas memories.
But the Santa was targeted with an online post that highlighted his religion.
A Muslim man dressed as Santa for the iconic Christmas photo appears to have divided shoppers at a Sydney mall with some being critical but others happy to have him there
'I Have just found out the Santa at Rockdale Plaza in Sydney I a muslim,' the post by Ben McNeill read, followed by three 'angry faces'.
But on Friday families appeared to be throwing their support around the man-in-red, and said they didn't know why the actor's religion was important.
'If he is okay with dressing up as Santa then I am okay with it - we will still get our photos taken with him,' a mother of two children, eight and five, said.
'As long as the Santa is nice to the children I don't care where they come from or what they do in their