Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer is a Horrible Song – Live on Film

Tyger presents his argument that the “Holiday Classic” is REALLY a horrible song wearing a pretty bow.

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  1. like I said on YouTube, the film versions have some characters being nice to Rudolph from the start even his parents and Santa in the 90s version. and I haven’t watched it fully yet but I believe also in that version, the other fawns were scolded by an adult but Rudolph’s cousin Arrow, in particular, didn’t listen.

    and even in the original song, Santa ASKED Rudolph, he could have said “no”.

  2. I actually read the lyrics to “Jingle Bells” recently. It seems to be about a couple having a terrible sleigh accident and freezing to death in the snow while waiting for help to come.

    • There is an accident, but I’m not sure where you’re getting the “freezing to death in the snow while waiting for help to come” part from.

    • Wow. Talk about nitpicking.

      Is the song teaching that it’s okay to make fun of someone with a physical deformity? No, it isn’t. It’s stated as a matter of fact, with the implication that the other reindeer are actually wrong for doing so. Maybe it’s because basic manners aren’t being emphasized enough these days, but that most certainly never was the take-away from anyone else until you made the assertion.

      Where are the adults? Guess what: in the early 1900s, parents weren’t expected to hover over their children like helicopters 24 hours a day. Even in the 1970s, when I grew up, there were plenty of times in my life when I was bullied and no adults were around to stop them.

      “They’re smart enough to organize sports; there should be some adult supervision.” Guess what: we used to play baseball and football when I was a kid, and we didn’t always have adults to watch us while we did so. Again, I can’t help but feel your helicopter parent assumption from above is at play here.

      “Calling Rudolph a suck-up to the fat man.” Okay, I’ll give you that one. But I’ll also contend that his one heroic moment might very well change some minds.

      Actually, I’m not sure that the moment of empowerment really depends entirely on Rudolph taking the initiative. It really is about how what the other reindeer thought was a weakness was in reality a strength. It took Santa’s intervention to bring that to light (no pun intended). Really, when you get right down to it, the story of Rudolph is pretty much a parallel to the X-Men; he has a power that the others do not have (which they see as a deformity), but in the end, he was given the chance to use that power to save the day. Only, instead of a bald guy in a wheelchair, it was a fat man in a red suit. What next, are we going to start claiming that Professor Xavier was a horrible individual for gathering mutants at his school to simultaneously protect them, train them to control their abilities, and prepare them to aid in protecting humanity from hostile mutants?

      • My point is, the song is about how something others view as a weakness could in fact be a strength.

        About the drunk theory: in the 1800s, it was a cliche that someone who was drunk might hallucinate that there was a snake in their boot. So in Toy Story, when Woody says, “There’s a snake in my boot!”, it’s basically shorthand for, “I”m plastered drunk right now!”

  3. The intro is enough to turn me off. If you heard of all the other reindeer, why wouldn’t you recall the most famous reindeer of all?

    It’s like singing,

    You know Arthur, McKinley, Van Bueren and Nixon.
    Harrison, Taft, Coolidge and Wilson
    But do you recall?
    The most recent ex-President of all?

    Barack Hussein Obama,
    Was President a year ago.
    If you don’t suffer dementia
    You know what everyone else knows…

  4. The Rankin Bass special is actually even worse than the song itself, because there it’s shown that the authority figures actually ENCOURAGE the other children not to associate with him. Seriously when the reindeer games are being played Rudolph actually does well at first, but then the mud cap falls off his nose revealing it’s red glowing nature, and the ADULT DEER in charge of supervising the event says that because of his deformity he isn’t going to be allowed to play the games anymore. Seriously it’s like when Mr. Garrison says “now let’s all point and laugh at Stan and his stupid costume children” in the first South Park Halloween episode.

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