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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 "" 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.

Julie Duncan December 10, 2012 at 12:18 PM
Give me a break. How about Rudolph being rewarded and acknowledged for his differences by the adults around him. Doesn't that send a good message? If parents give the child the power of self esteem I think he /she can enjoy the childhood classic without damage.
Deb December 10, 2012 at 12:29 PM
Go Julie! Rudolph's difference is finally recognized as an asset and valued by the biggest authority figure in the story - Santa Claus! Don't you think that that conveys a message of hope? Isn't that what Christmas is about - teaching a message of acceptance and that we have a larger family and community than just the people we live with every day? And that we can make our world better by being accepting of dfferences and learning to love a doll (or person) who is not quite perfect. Because who is really, in the end, perfect?
Patrick Ball (Editor) December 10, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Great points, Julie and Deb! Thanks for reading and commenting.
No TV for YOU! December 13, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Like every 'reality' show DOESN'T teach bullying. Look how many 'comedy' TV shows teach inappropriate behavior? Cartoon bullying is bad, but when adults model that behavior on TV is TERRIBLE. And it's even worse for parents to allow thier kids to watch these shows...

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