On Wednesday night, Huffington Post, warming up for its Christmas-bashing season, reissued a tweet from 2017 in which it attacked the TV classic “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” Calling it problematic and citing tweets from viewers labeling Santa as a “bigoted exploitative pr***,” HuffPo lambasted Rudolph’s father as verbally abusive and a patriarchal nightmare and the school coach as a bully.
Titled “Rudolph, The Marginalized Reindeer,” the video starts with the other reindeer calling Rudolph names, such as “fire snout,” “rainbow puss,” and “red schnoz.” Rudolph turns to them and cries, “Stop calling me names!” As the video continues with scenes from the story, the screen reads. “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a holiday classic that returns to TV each holiday season, but lately, viewers are noticing the tale may not be so jolly after all and they’re sharing their observations online.”
Of course, HuffPo misses the point; in the end, Rudolph is redeemed, the guilty parties apologize, and there’s a happy ending. Still, it’s awfully thoughtful for HuffPo to be so concerned about the welfare of children watching the show, awfully compassionate for HuffPo to worry about the deleterious effects of such depraved entertainment. – READ MORE