Left Goes After Rudolph (Yes, We're Serious)

Left Goes After Rudolph (Yes, We're Serious)
Left Goes After Rudolph (Yes, We're Serious)

Christmas is a time of joy, gatherings, and fun. Unfortunately, it also seems to bring out the crazies, too, especially on the Left. The War on Christmas is real, folks, and the most recent incident is really something else.
It seems the Left wasn’t happy just to go after Melania’s Christmas trees; they’re now attacking the classic, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” film, too. From accusations of racism and homophobia to cries of verbal abuse and sexism, this one really takes the (Christmas) cake.

Key Facts

• It all started with a video posted as a tweet. The montage showcases a few clips from the original movie, but the text captions over it paint a much different picture. “Viewers are noticing the tale may not be so jolly after all,” it reads, “and they’re sharing their observations online.”

• The video continues on, explaining all of the negative incidents in the movie. “…Rudolph’s father verbally abuses him. Santa Claus berates Donner for his son’s nose. The school coach encourages bullying. Donner forbids his wife from joining the search for their son. Clarice’s dad is a bigot. Even the elf is an outcast for wanting to be a dentist.”
• Then, it sums up the film in one of the most false, ridiculous conclusions we’ve ever seen. “In the end, Rudolph and friends learn the bitter truth: Deviation from the norm will be punished unless it is exploitable.” If you’ve seen this film, you already know this is patently untrue. What really happens is that the other reindeer and elves realize the error of their ways and apologize.
• The video ignited a sort of firestorm among the Left. Suddenly, posts started popping up everywhere, calling it seriously problematic and accusing the film of bullying, racism, homophobia, verbal abuse, sexism, bigotry, lack of acceptance and (this one really does us in) exploitation of workers.
• When people disagreed, the Left’s response was that it is a parable rather than a direct example – a parable on racism and homophobia. And that jolly old Santa Claus? Apparently he’s a “bigoted exploitative pr**k” who is “in serious need of diversity training.” What?!
• To say that the story of Rudolph’s loved ones trying to force him to be something he isn’t, and making fun of him, is any of these things, is a stretch of massive proportions. There’s no mention of any of these topics in the movie; at best, you could say it’s a parable on bullying. And isn’t that sorely needed in a time when bullying is at unprecedented levels?
• Kids (and sometimes adults) learn best from real examples. Sure, Rudolph’s story isn’t pretty in the first half. But it’s also a reminder of what can happen when people turn things around and behave kindly to one another. If that isn’t the Christmas spirit, we don’t know what is.