TELL US: 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, as such, wrote 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.


Mary G December 06, 2012 at 06:43 PM
That is an extreme view. That's like saying "It's a wonderful life" condones greed, theft, and suicide. While those are ongoing themes in that movie, in the end they are overcome. Most stories have a conflict. That's what makes them interesting, and that's what leads to triumph as the characters overcome the conflicts. Rudolph is bullied but in the end his strange nose is an advantage and he becomes the leader of the pack. Children do need to learn that bullying is wrong, but that doesn't mean that bullying will disappear. Children also need to learn that they should stand up to bullies and that if they are good to others and try hard, eventually they will be rewarded. They will be bullied no matter how much we try to stop it. It is wrong to hide this from children. They should see bad things to better understand them, and to learn how to overcome them. Sheltering our children is not the answer.
Sam December 06, 2012 at 08:21 PM
Unfortunately this is the world that most folks in this country just voted for. Good luck
Mary G December 06, 2012 at 09:18 PM
Tom, I'm not sure how this relates to the recent election. Conservative groups have been lobbying to prevent sexual education in schools and push abstinence-only programs, which is similarly sheltering children from reality in hopes that if they don't hear about teen pregnancy, then teens won't become pregnant. At the same time, liberal groups are pushing the "politically correct" envelope and banning a lot of valid questions and speech in the workplace and during the interview process. I see this coming from both sides of the political spectrum. Tom, I am also feeling quite hopeless about the situation and where our country is headed in the future with new generations of children who aren't allowed to learn about responsibility and failure, and need constant accolades. I just wouldn't blame any political party for it, I think it comes from fear-mongering media and news outlets that scare us into needing security in our lives. Bush's Patriot Act is another fine example, we'd rather give up our rights to privacy so long as the terrorists can't get us. We'd rather get patted down before boarding a plane then allow another 9/11. We're just cowards, which is a shame because this country was founded by patriots who fought for freedom. Now we love our kids so much that we put them in a plastic bubble instead of letting them live a life. Sorry for the long rant, we need more than luck to turn things around.
Sandra S December 07, 2012 at 01:33 PM
Mary G you said it perfectly! Thank you.
Dan D. December 07, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Yep, Rudolph is responsible for untold numbers of tragic bullying incidents. Mr. Perkins and Mr. Giuliani are beyond silly and foolish to even bring this up.


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