I watched Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer tonight. I was troubled by what I saw.
Rudolph’s dad, Donner, was very dissapointed by his newborn son’s glowing nose. WTF Donner? Be proud, your lesson learned later in the story doesn’t make up for it. Donner, you are a bad reindeer and father.
Donner was upset about his boy because he wasn’t going to make the team with a glowing nose. You see, Santa has these animals and elves so conditioned that all they think about is serving the institution. Be loyal, do what you’re told and maybe Santa will be pleased. That’s the sorry life of reindeer and elves and if they don’t like it they will be gone from Christmas Town.
I’m thinking, “Santa, these beings are free thinking souls with limitless capabilities, sounds like you’re trying to run a plantation. The end doesn’t always justify the means big guy, set these people free, quit brainwashing them from birth.”
Rudolph and his buddy, Herbie were misfits. The servant-population outcasted and abused Rudolph and Herbie because the skill set they possessed didn’t fit into what was required for service in the institution. Rudy and his friend were cast off into the blistering arctic winter where they encountered unspeakable things. Most of it wasn’t shown in this kid’s show but I can only imagine what happened to them. They somehow survived and grew up in the wild. When they returned everyone needed Rudolph, and the exact thing he was formerly ridiculed for was coveted. The sad thing was that Rudolph and friend once again became loyal servants to the master.
A better story for our youth could have been about Rudolph and Herbie freeing themselves of the tyranny whilst in the wild. Realizing who they were and what they were capable of, realizing that there are possibilities outside of servitude.
“Rudolph with your nose so bright, won’t you guide my sleigh tonight?”
“No Santa, I won’t. You see, I don’t work for you. I wasn’t born to serve you or your cause. Herbie and I built our own sleigh and we’re getting the hell out of this godforsaken town; we’ve got big things to do, things beyond serving you and your gift giving. Who’s with me?”
At this point it would be cool if some of the other elves and reindeer rose up against the man, especially considering he was looking at canceling Christmas (the gift part at least).
Perhaps a sequel to my movie would be called Santa’s Civil War.