Does 'Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer' Condone Bullying?

Does the lovable children's holiday classic send the wrong message? Tell us your thoughts.

In October, Patch asked readers how they felt about one parent's view that "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" condoned bullying.

Specifically, blogger DadCamp wrote that the show sends the wrong message to children because of its "continuous teasing and bullying"

It's not the first time a parent has spoken out against a classic children's program with such a claim.

Last December, news spread that author and special ed professor George Giuliani said that "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" was also a program laden with the theme of bullying, considering how much Rudolph was an outsider due to his glowing red nose. Giuliani has written a book titled "No More Bullies at the North Pole," which re-tells the story of Rudolph.

What do you think? Does "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" send the wrong message and condone bullying? Or is the claim taking an extreme aim at a children's classic? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Anne Schramm December 07, 2012 at 06:25 PM
First Charlie Brown, now Rudolph? These are fiction, not real life! I'm so tired of people blaming tv shows and music for the problems in our society these days. As parents, it's our job to educate our children to be responsible, caring people. Can't we just enjoy things without picking them apart? If you want to ban this, you'll have to ban all movies as well. Get a life.
Cathy Gumina Odom December 07, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Actually, I think the song and 1960's TV show http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rudolph_the_Red-Nosed_Reindeer_(TV_special) does show bullying, but the negative consequences, and an overall message that you shouldn't bully, overweigh it and the show should still be aired. The parents of Rudolph, Mama Doe Reindeer and Male Reindeer and Santa himself, are prejudiced against those with red noses and did allow the other kid reindeer to bull Rudolph. In today's kids and youth, the young are able to see the signs of bullying and know and point out "Hey that's not fair! That's bullying" as my kids do and have done. It shows that even parents and Santa and elves can be wrong. Remember, there's a loner dentist (who was an elf and bad toy maker), and a loner Cornelius (red hair and trapper), and a loner monster (who gets his sore tooth fixed and puts the star on the tree).
Cathy Gumina Odom December 07, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Overall I love this show very, very much and have watched it many times. It makes me feel OK to fit in or not fit in. It just shows, to me, that if you're currently not fitting in, maybe you can eventually, if you want to. Now, I figure, Santa does not live in a giant metropolis, but lived there at the North Pole in solitary confinement, just him, Mrs. Santa, and all those, elves, from year zero (I'm guessing here) until year 1,964. He and the reindeer get out, but just once a year, to deliver presents, and so they really aren't worldly people.
Cathy Gumina Odom December 07, 2012 at 06:29 PM
The red nose incident shows Santa and the reindeer and elves that it's OK to be different and still perform your job. In Rudolph's case, the genetic "flaw" from Rudolph's birth has a benefit, much like a brown moth in polluted England in 1890, and will help to light Santa's sleigh at night in fog, because as all kids know, regular headlights don't work so good in fog and you really need Rudolph's bright red nose. The other segments in the show, with the dentist's back story, how he read up on dentistry and was able to pull the monster's sore tooth, that you can be something beside an elf and toymaker, proved to me as a child in the 70's and today as an adult that I can be anything I set my mind to be, and I can dream about a life, a career, and go to school and achieve it. The town at the North Pole accepts the monster as good now (he was just grumpy because of the very sore tooth), and accepts the dentist, and Cornelius as the trapper. It's a great story and continues to make me cry every year because of the sentimentality.
Jeffrey Wright December 08, 2012 at 02:30 AM
This article should be flagged as inappropriate !!!
Jennifer Wesley December 08, 2012 at 08:35 AM
Bravo! Agreed! Amen! I couldn't have said it better myself!
Lorie December 08, 2012 at 03:59 PM
Mark Mathews December 08, 2012 at 06:23 PM
Amen to that sister! Too many folks unemployed, or way too much time on their hands. As a parent, I am more concerned about the school system handing out free condoms to my children, and without my concent, know what I mean? SOME folks are bread to be of a victim-hood mentality, to be rescued by ONLY through local state or federal government action, or those of these fools, like university pinhead Gulianai, who brought up the very idea in the first place. His tenure and contract ought to be reviewed...
Mark Mathews December 08, 2012 at 06:24 PM


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