The Left assails a children’s Christmas classic as promoting bullying

The Left assails a children’s Christmas classic as promoting bullying
Rudoph, the red-nosed reindeer (Image: Videocraft International, Ltd.)

An optimist looks at a glass and sees it half full. A liberal looks at the same glass and sees it as racist. Or sexist. Or “homophobic.”

As another Christmas season gets underway, the grinches on the Left are busy sharpening their knives in preparation for eviscerating perfectly benign holiday traditions.

Take the children’s classic, “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” The tale of the fabled ninth reindeer first appeared as a poem in a 1939 booklet written by Robert L. May and published by Montgomery Ward, the department store. The story — of a “reindeer” who is initially rejected by his peers because he is different but hailed as a hero once his “difference” is seen as an asset — should warm the cockles of the coldest liberal heart. Change the title to “Rodolfo, the Illegal Alien,” and progressives would be singing its praises.

But in its current incarnation, the tale — which has been broadcast annually since 1964, when the stop-motion animated televised version was first released — is anything but warm and fuzzy.

In fact, according to Huffington Post “Overnight Editor”(?) Ed Mazza, “Rudoph” is a story of exploitation, bullying, and substandard work conditions. I kid you not.

Actually, that’s as much of Mazza’s low opinion as he shares. The bulk of the post is made up of tweets from other outraged libs, who offer their equally cynical takes. Here are a few, complete gratuitous profanity included:

There’s much more but you get the general idea.

You really have to feel sorry for these people, whose lives are so cheerless that they need to squander their time ferreting out the imagined “isms” in children’s stories like “Rudolph” and the Dr. Seuss books. Sucks to be them.

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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