The real reason why Santa’s reindeer stink

Everyone knows the song RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER.

But have you taken a really good listen to what the song’s actually about?  It’s very telling — not about Rudolph, but a better description of what the OTHER reindeer are actually like.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Stuffed
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Stuffed

Go over and read the piece by the NEW REPUBLIC entitled “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” Is a Terrible, Terrible Song You know it’s about bullying, right?”

That’s right.  You’ve thought it, but it took someone else to say it.  It’s a song that celebrates exclusion and bullying.

The article does a great job dissecting the song lyric by lyric in breaklng down what they call the “most descpicable holiday song of all time”.  Here’s some of our favorite takeaways:

  • If you want to be accepted, you have to prove your economic utility
  • The other reindeer are also crappy sleigh-pullers. Let’s face it: Fog on Christmas is not exactly unheard-of. What kind of second-rate magical flying animal can’t manage to guide his way through inclement weather?
  • Santa’s a lousy CEO: Boys and girls all over the world depend on the guy for their toys, yet he apparently never even thought to invest in headlights for his sleigh.
  • Santa’s like a pot-bellied version of Sensei from The Karate Kid.