As Christmas tradition goes, the 1964 classic "Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer" returned to the US TV screens. But this time, the stop-motion film, once announced, made headlines for all the wrong reasons.
Spectators may remember his intrigue: the reindeer is ridiculed and rejected by the majority of his peers when they discover his glowing nose. Even if Rudolph ends up saving the situation – using his sparkling snout to guide Santa in bad weather – we can not deny the verbal attacks that Rudolph endures very early.
"Hey, sparrow of fire!" Said a young reindeer making fun of him. Another tease with "Rainbow Puss!"
"Stop calling me by names!" Rudolph shouted in response.
But has the red-nosed reindeer been marginalized? This is the premise of a HuffPost video released Wednesday on Twitter and viewed more than 5.3 million times Sunday afternoon.
The video shows a case in the film where Rudolph's father "verbally abuses" him. The father of Rudolph's love interest is called a "bigot" to forbid his daughter from being seen with the one with the red nose. The video contains various reactions to the film on Twitter, including one that recalls: "Annual reminder that #Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer is a parable about racism and homophobia with Santa, a feat to the bigot" [the rest is not family-friendly].
It is unclear whether the video was a satire or whether it should be taken seriously. A corresponding article from HuffPost on the film indicates more directly that the roundup of recent tweets and reviews of "Rudolph" was posted as a joke ("humorous observations"). But that did not stop others from seeing the video as an unjustified attack by the Liberals.
Donald Trump Jr., for example, drew a lot of attention on the video when he shared it Thursday with the following caption: "Liberalism is a disease."
On Thursday, Tucker Carlson and political commentator Dave Rubin dissected the HuffPost video for over three minutes. In a segment titled "Progressive Love Attacking Christmas Traditions", which later warned that "Huff Post Rudolph Dubs Public Enemy Number 1," the pair slammed those watching movies such as "Rudolph" and give them notions such as racism and misogyny.
"They find something, they destroy it a bit and they'll go to everything we like," Rubin said, citing popular sitcoms such as "Seinfeld" and "Friends "as an example. "They will literally go to sleep," he added, suggesting that those who seek to destroy once-loved things offer nothing in return.
"It's a smart point," Carlson replied.
The attacks seen at Christmas are historically a favorite subject of Conservative conversation. In 2015, for example, Donald Trump fired the annual debate on Starbucks cups, suggesting that people should boycott the coffee chain because there was "no more" merry Christmas. "
But this year's discussion of "Rudolph" seems to have been frustrating for all types of people. On Thursday, ABC, "The View", the passionate Whoopi Goldberg is raised against those who, according to her, deliberately seek problems in the film.
"Where is the problem? It's Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer! "Rudolph's hero, what's the problem ?!"
At a time when the country has quarreled and demolished historic monuments, "Rudolph" is not the only classic vacation to be re-examined in a more contemporary context. Last week, listeners at a Cleveland radio station voted to remove the song "Baby is cold outside," in which one singer strives to persuade the other to stay in the house. holiday catalog, depending on the resort. Some have argued that the lyrics are "a little rapey."
Invented in 1939 by a copywriter, Rudolph lived many lives, ranging from Gene Autry's successful recording in 1949 to a comic book series, written by Michael Lindgren for The Post.
Like all these artifacts, Rudolph reflects the psychology of the society that produced it. May's original design, a heartbreaking representation of a reindeer crying in delicate Edwardian washes, has a deep anguish of the time of the Depression, while the seductive 1950s Rudolph, drawn in colors bold primary, reflects a forward-looking era "that" privileged exuberant songs and narratives while focusing on youth. "
On Sunday, one of the actors of "Rudolph" tried to set the record straight by saying that the film was a problem.
In a video sent to TMZ, Corinne Conley, the voice of "Dolly for Sue" who lived on "Island of Misfit Toys," said the movie was more relevant than ever, given the proliferation of incidents. intimidation lately. But it is important to note, she said, that bullying is "reconciled" in "Rudolph", thus giving viewers a lesson at the end of the story.
"I just can not imagine that it negatively affects anyone. They must be like Scrooge, "she added, referring to Ebenezer Scrooge, the protagonist of" A Christmas Carol. " "Tell them to watch" Scrooge. ""
Oh, Rudolph with your brilliant nose, where are you from?
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