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I just saw a Huffington Post piece that said the holiday classic Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer is problematic. My first response was “Well, duh, what took you so long?” They point out that the reindeer was bullied and mistreated, and I thought “Man, you folks at the Huffington Post are so woke.” (See what I did there, I used the wrong tense of the term awakened to seem “hip” and “trendy” and “cool.”) The movie came out in 1964, when I was just over 1 year old, (you do the math) and I have been watching it literally my entire life and if it took the writers at Huffington Post this long to figure out the problems with Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, I feel genuinely sorry for them. As a bullied kid, I figured it out pretty quickly. Now please do us a favor, don’t launch a campaign to protect us from it. Strange as it seems, the problems with the movie are a big part of what makes it a classic. See there was a time when villains were bad and good guys were good and it was pretty remarkably easy to tell the difference. Of course the antagonists are bigoted, that’s kind of the point. Bigotry is bad and overcoming it is good.

One tweet shown into clip said “Yearly reminder that #Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a parable on racism & homophobia w/ Santa as a bigoted exploitative prick.” Okay first off, I can see a allusion to racism, well maybe, though I would argue all the reindeer are of the same species and the difference is more about a difference in ability than race, and the film shows that difference does not have to be a liability. And “homophobia” I missed the part where Rudolph was gay. I’m sure Clarice would be surprised. Someone needs to learn that misused outrage cheapens your position. As far as Santa goes. I’ve never been a fan, so the idea that he’s imperfect is good with me. Maybe seeing him with some flaws, will direct our hearts and minds away from the imperfect to the perfect one this holiday is actually all about.

At the end of the day, if it took you 54 years to understand there are problems with the way the other characters treat Rudolph, you’ve lived a charmed life. Rudolph overcomes the garbage people threw at him, showed his difference to be a very useful asset and saves the day. That make him a hero, someone who overcomes the bullies and the bigots, maybe even changing their beliefs in the process.

As a child and even through my teens, I was bullied, sometimes horribly so. The story of Rudolph in my early years, helped me to see it just might get better, and it did. Don’t deprive kids of this silly little kids story that actually shows one can overcome all kinds of adversity and gives some hope.

This politically correct nonsense has got to be stopped.

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