Magazine December 31, 2016, Issue

Rudolph the Red

It’s the time of year when people start pouring politics over holiday classics. The real hero of It’s a Wonderful Life was Mr. Potter! Scrooge was right!

Eh. If you really want a Christmas story that can be ruthlessly ruined with political meaning, look no farther than Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, a stop-motion children’s holiday special that has delighted generations with its gender-fluid elf who runs away with a bullied ruminant.

Every problem society had in the later Sixties can be traced back to the corroding influence of the show’s treatment of those who ought to be respected. You want to know

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Books, Arts & Manners


Politics & Policy

The Week

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Hillary Gone Wild

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