I have been very excited to record the holiday TV specials and snuggle with the family on the couch to enjoy. Tonight was to be the longtime classic Rudolph.
Wow. How depressing. I remember being upset about it as a child, poor Rudolph, the misfits and the cranky Abominable Snowman... but I didn't remember it being so... degrading!
From Dasher telling Rudolf to cover his nose for self respect, and the head elf telling Herme he'd never fit in to Santa telling Dasher that he should be ashamed of himself because of Rudolph!!! Such negativity and harshness.
Everyone seems so, well, mean and unhappy. Granted we only watched about 15-20 mins in the beginning and I know, I know... Rudolph "overcomes" all the obstacles in the end. But the fact of the matter is we didn't like the tone.
Z has never been told a day in his life that he couldn't do something, or would never fit in or be anything. He has never known a single second of thinking someone was ashamed of him. Quite the opposite.
Those are feelings I never want him to experience, not even being a witness to someone else's predicament. While I know I can't shield him forever, at 3 years old I can keep it at bay a bit longer... RIP Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer.