Yes, you heard me right. This “happy” childrens story is deceptively dark. While Rudolph isn’t the bad guy, the other reindeer and Santa are kind of jacka$$es. Seriously.
(PC: The Chive)
I was planning on writing about this very thing and then I found this picture on The Chive this morning. Makes me feel good to know that I’m not the only one who sees this as a messed up, supposedly feel good story. Have you ever really read the lyrics? Have you ever thought while singing, or reading this to your kids that “huh, this isn’t really teaching my kid a valuable lesson?” I have. Let’s take another look at the lyrics, shall we?
(PC: Do You Know this Stamp?)
What I take away from this song, is that it’s not good to be different. It will only be cool to be different once someone feels that they can benefit from your unique traits. Or if a leader (i.e a famous person, someone you look up to, someone in a position of power, etc.) tells the majority of the group to like the outcast. This isn’t promoting children, or adults even, to appreciate the things that make them special.
There are subtle take away lessons that make it seem okay to have relationships/friendships with people who use you. It teaches you to be a doormat. The reindeer and Santa never even apologized for being so rude. It’s showing that it’s okay to be walked all over and bullied, as long as they accept you into their group once they need you. Ewww. Such a gross way to make relationships.
This whole story really upsets me. I think that people get too sensitive over silly things, however, this one just bugs me. What happens after they finish dropping off the Christmas presents? What happens the next Christmas when there isn’t fog. Do the other reindeer really like Rudolph or are they only pretending to because Santa told them too? Yay Rudolph saves the day! What? That’s it? What happens after? There is an unfinished plot. There was no explanation on why Rudolph was already awesome. Also, they never gave a backstory to why he had a red nose. Not that this part really matters, but it would have been nice to be informed.
I’d like to see this movie turn out differently. Like “Hey! Thanks Santa for acknowledging me because you need me. I think I’m good though and don’t actually want the job. I’d like to work at a place where people appreciate my difference. I don’t really feel like hanging around fake people who pick on the underdog. Super cool of you to exploit me, but I’m gonna get out of here.” He can do so much better than Santa and his lame judgmental reindeer who aren’t brave enough to have their own opinions.
Rudoplh was always cool. He didn’t need Santa’s validation to see that. Thanks, but no thanks Santa. Keep on truckin’ Rudolph!