Fight for Rudolph!

Huda Khan and Alex Skelley

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Bigoted, racist, sexist, homophobic! All the classic hallmarks of the much-beloved Christmas movie, Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer. At least that’s what we’ve been told by The Huffington Post. The publication recently posted a video via Twitter, named “Rudolph the Marginalized Reindeer,” which slammed the children’s movie with the names stated above. The video goes on to cite many instances in the movie to back up their claims and to show many tweets that bash the movie. The video then showed many tweets that attack the movie such as, “Yearly reminder that #Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a parable on racism & homophobia w/Santa as a bigoted exploitative prick,” and “Santa’s operation is an HR nightmare and in serious need of diversity and inclusion training. #Rudolph.” Video concludes with the following tweet: “An appropriate bit of wisdom for #Rudolph. It’s good we don’t fit in. It means that we aren’t assh***s.”

(Photo: Mark Dice)

 The Huffington Post claims that “The school coach encourages bullying” and that “Even the elf is an outcast for wanting to be a dentist.” It continues to claim that Rudolph’s father abuses him, Santa berates Donner for his son’s nose, and Clarice’s dad is a bigot.

The above claims created a surge of people attacking the movie. The actress who voiced Rudolph, Corrine Conley, spoke out in defense of her movie. She claimed that the critics clearly didn’t fully watch or understand the movie.

All these criticisms are completely idiotic. For one, the entire point of the story is that bullying and exclusion is mean and wrong. He suffers bullying for 95% of the movie, and then Santa comes, says it’s wrong and lets Rudolph lead. It’s basically the most famous anti-bully campaign of all time. No one is discriminated against due to gender, sexual preference, or race so it’s not sexist, homophobic or racist. It’s a timeless classica where it is apparent that its critics didn’t understand the movie, or neglected to watch the end. The message of the story is we should be more inclusive and not discriminate against people who are different as it’s not nice–all people mean something.

Other movies such as How the Grinch Stole Christmas, A Charlie Brown Christmas, and Frosty the Snowman have also been called out as bigoted, sexist, racist, and homophobic.