I just got done watching a pretty warped video on YouTube that merges “Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer” with “Full Metal Jacket.” It got me thinking about what that kid’s Christmas special says about society.
I always get a kick out of how Santa is portrayed in this one. He’s the typical asshole authority figure, shaming someone because they’re different. He’s cranky. He’s feeling the pressure. I’ve always related to this guy.
Then there’s the lead elf, really busting down Herbie because he doesn’t like to make toys. Whenever someone gives my son crap for liking the color pink, I think of Herbie the elf. The head elf actually reminds me of a guy I used to work with in my newspapering days.
I relate to the misfit toys as well. They’re sitting on that cold wasteland of an island, dejected and alone. I’ve felt dejected and alone in my day, but I never had a cool Hoth-like island to hide on.
Occasionally, you run into a big, sloppy guy who will be your friend no matter how bat-shit crazy you are. That’s why even the meanest bully could love this guy:
Then there’s the snow monster. Everyone hates him, but he’s the most misunderstood guy in the room.
The cool thing about this Christmas special is that all the assholes learn their lesson and the misunderstood become understood.
It’s another reminder that there’s hope for all of us.