Liberals often claim that there’s no such thing as a “war on Christmas,” yet the attacks on beloved Christmas traditions, songs, and film — as the well as the Reason for the season — have been renewed this year with a vengeance.
Back in October, for instance, a Virginia school made the news when it banned any Christmas songs referencing Jesus from their upcoming concerts, according to NBC affiliate WWBT.
Now one of the most cherished classic Christmas kid movies of all time, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” is being attacked on multiple fronts. The Huffington Post called it “seriously problematic” and shared complaints from people how agreed.
Critics claimed the 1964 TV special — now the longest-running Christmas special in history — is “a parable on racism & homophobia” because Rudolph, to them, represents a minority or transgender individual. They’re bothered that Santa Claus and other characters come across as bigots.
They’re also pointing out that Rudolph is mercilessly bullied, is verbally abused by his father, and is discriminated against because of his shiny red nose. Rudolph’s father is accused of being sexist as well because he chooses to risk his life and search for his son on his own during a storm while protecting his wife’s life by insisting she stay at home.
In the end, critics say the movie teaches kids that people with peculiarities should only be accepted if they have an exploitable skill — Rudolph’s nose being used as a guiding light for Santa during a storm.
Generations of children have grown up understanding that Rudolph was treated very poorly at first but that his bullies and naysayers — young and old — realized the errors of their ways and made it up to him. It’s a complex yet easy-to-understand tale.
But liberal news analyst Cathy Areu says it’s a movie that now needs to be carefully explained to this generation of children. She shared her thoughts on Fox News’ Tucker Carlson’s show.
“Is it [the bullying] so corrosive — because Rudolph accepts his bullying, he doesn’t fight back — that you would keep it from your kids?” Carlson asked.
“You would have to talk it over and explain it to your kids,” Areu cautioned. “The kids nowadays understand anti-bullying much more than kids when that [film] was first created.”
“But when it comes on, do you sit your kids down and say ‘Look, Rudolph’s about to be bullied’?” Carlson asked. “He seems complicit...there’s a little Stockholm Syndrome going on, he doesn’t even know he’s being bullied — he’s leading the sleigh anyway.”
“A responsible parent would!” Areu declared. “You would sit down with a child to explain any bullying story. So, yes, ‘Rudolph’ now needs an explanation!”
“Do you think that detracts from some of the child-like joy of Christmas?” Carlson questioned.
“Absolutely not,” Areu shot back. “No, it’s a little scary for this generation to see that Rudolph is being bullied!”
“So, with this 2018 generation, you would have to explain why he’s being bullied for having a red nose," she added.
But Carlson made a really good point in reply: “Is it little weird that the generation that is afraid of everything and so easily intimidated spends so much time playing war video games and looking at pornography? On the one hand, they seem very hardened, and on the other hand, they seem incredibly sensitive.”
Areu laughed and said, “I can’t imagine that they’re doing those things.”
“I think they might be,” Carlson corrected.
“I don’t think so,” she insisted.
Watch part of that clip below: