Santa the Bigoted Jerk: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

You know Dasher, and Dancer, and Prancer, and Vixen, right? And Comet, and Cupid, and Donner, and Blitzen? And of course you recall the most famous reindeer of all: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Rudolph was invented by Montgomery Ward ad men, but immortalized by Rankin-Bass in 1964. It’s a beloved show, and rightly so, even if the reindeer mocking seems sort of harsh by today’s standards, and the homosexual undertones (intentional or not) of Hermie the Elf’s story (“I want to be a…dentist.”) seem a bit obvious and out-of-place. But here’s the problem with this holiday classic: Santa is a complete jerk.
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Sean Cronin