Leave Rudolph alone
With Christmas a few weeks away, people should be busy putting ornaments on the tree, looking for gifts for friends and family and helping those in need. The last thing people should be worried about is being offended by the holiday TV special “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” that has been broadcast annually since 1964.
Yes, the adorable, stop-motion classic is now being criticized for promoting bullying, misogyny, bad parenting and hostile work environments. The Huffington Post must have decided to take on the role of The Grinch when it released a video this week that highlighted why the TV special is problematic, and referred to Rudolph as “The Marginalized Reindeer.” Viewers noted the verbal abuse Rudolph suffered at the hands of his stubborn father as well as the reindeer who teased him about his red nose calling him hurtful names like “red schnoz” and “fire snout.” Even Santa Claus’ initial reaction is under scrutiny.
What’s missing from the criticism is that the issues of bullying and name calling are resolved at the end of the special when Rudolph’s physical difference came to the rescue. Like most children’s shows, there are life lessons learned and values taught.