As is the tradition as Christmas approaches, the classic "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" (1964) returned to American TV screens back. But this time, the previously announced stop-motion movie made the news for all the wrong reasons.
Viewers may remember their simple conspiracy: the reindeer is mocked and rejected by the majority of its peers as it discovers its glowing red nose. Although Rudolph eventually returns to save the day with his shimmering muzzle to guide Santa through bad weather, the verbal attacks Rudolph experiences early can not be denied.
"Hey, fire snout!" says a young reindeer and mocks him. Another teases with "Rainbow Puss!"
"Stop calling me!" Rudolph screams in response.
But was the red-nosed reindeer marginalized? This is the premise of a HuffPost video posted on Twitter on Wednesday that has seen more than 5.3 million views since Sunday afternoon.
The video notes a case in the film in which Rudolph's father "verbally abuses" him. The father of Rudolph's love interest is referred to as "bigot" because he has forbidden his daughter to be seen with the red nose. The video contains several responses to Twitter's film, one of them: "Annual reminder that #Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer is a parable about racism and homophobia with Santa as a bigotry exploiter" (the rest is not family friendly). 19659013] It is not clear if the video was satire or should be taken seriously. A similar HuffPost article to the film says more directly that the summary of the recent tweets and criticisms of "Rudolph" were jokingly posted ("humorous observations"). But that did not stop others from seeing the video as an unjustified attack by liberals.
Donald Trump Jr., for example, drew attention to the video when he shared it with the caption on Thursday: "Liberalism is a disease."
On Thursday, Tucker Carlson and political commentator Dave Rubin dismantled the HuffPost video for more than three minutes. In a segment titled "Progressive Love Attacking Christmas Traditions," which later warned that "Huff Post Dub's Rudolph Public Enemy Number 1," the couple struck and beat racists who saw films like "Rudolph." and misogyny too.
"They find something, they somehow destroy it and move on to everything else we love," Rubin said, listing popular sitcoms like "Seinfeld" and "Friends" as examples. "They will literally go for a sunset," he added, suggesting that those who try to destroy things that were once loved, offer nothing for it.
"That's a smart point," Carlson replied.
Attacks on Christmas is historically a popular topic of conversation by conservatives. For example, in 2015, Donald Trump set fire to the annual debate on Starbucks trophies and suggested that people should boycott the coffee chain because "there was no such thing as a merry Christmas". "
But this year's" Rudolph "discussion seems to have sparked frustration on all types of people, and on ABC's" The View "on Thursday, a passionate Whoopi Goldberg ventured out against those who claimed they were intentionally experiencing problems Search movie.
"Where is the problem? It's Rudolph the Rednose Reindeer! "She exclaimed," Rudolph is the hero, what's the problem? "
At a time when the country was overriding and tearing down historic monuments," Rudolph "is not the only classic Last week, listeners to a Cleveland radio station voted to remove the song "Baby, It's Cold Outside", in which one singer persuades the other to stay out of the holiday catalog, Some have argued that the lyrics are "a bit rapey."
Rudolph, who was invented by a copywriter in 1939, lived many lives, from Gene Autry's hit recording in 1949 to a comic sequel Michael Lindgren wrote for The Washington Post
On Sunday, one of Rudolph's original spokespersons attempted to put the claim directly on the claim that the film was problematic.
In a Vi deo, Corinne Conley, the voice of "Dolly for" Sue, who has lived on the "Island of Misfit Toys," said the film is now more relevant than ever, as the number of bullying incidents has increased lately. However, it is important to note, she said, that the bullying in "Rudolph" is "reconciled" and teaches the audience a lesson at the end of the story.
"I just can not imagine that it affects anyone negatively, they have to be like Scrooge," she added, referring to Ebenezer Scrooge, the protagonist of "A Christmas Carol." "Tell them to see 'Scrooge'."