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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 "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" 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.

Fiscal Conservative December 05, 2012 at 08:58 PM
Avon: Great thoughts. Fully understand your ideas and thoughts. Thank God the Mayan calendar calls for the end on Dec 21, maybe then we can be removed from all this foolishness. By the way, are you planning to go up or down on the 21st?
Amy December 05, 2012 at 09:13 PM
Stop trying to cheer us up!
R. Hood December 06, 2012 at 12:55 AM
Wed 12/5: Brown tap water. Another load of laundry ruined. Yeah Foxboro!
april December 06, 2012 at 02:38 AM
i totally agree with Brutally Honest- people need to stop coddling their kids & teach them right from wrong & also MORALS & RESPECT. nobody can enjoy anything anymore & it is getting stupid. May as well stop believing in Santa because it's all technically a LIE right? You need to draw the line somewhere people. Stop being so serious, miserable & politically correct. I don't blame kids AT ALL for rebelling. Their crazy parents need to get a life.
Bruins37 December 06, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Rudolph is a classic, just like Charlie Brown. People are way too sensitive today/
Janet Sroczynski December 06, 2012 at 03:45 PM
These are wonderful classic children's stories and movies. "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens and illustrated by Dean Morrissey; hardcover book available at both BN.com and Amazon.com: $29.98. Scrooge.
Abe Froman December 06, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Yes. without a doubt, Rudolf promotes bullying and it should be banned...forever. While I'm thinking of it, here are some other completely fictional characters that have been dragging society down and should be banned. 1.)Woody Woodpecker….Environmental Terrorist (destroys trees)….Ban all cartoons or birds…either one…forever. 2.)Lone Ranger…Politically incorrect Indian Sympathizer…Ban all things cowboy..forever. 3.)Boba Fett…Intergalactic Assasin & Terrorist…..Ban all things Star Wars…forever. 4.)Toothfairy, Easter Bunny and Santa Clause….Known Felons (all repeat offenders…. wanted for Breaking and Entering)….ban everything fun for everyone…forever.
Avon Barksdale December 06, 2012 at 04:51 PM
I do love that one random person talks crazy about Rudolph and bullying and then all the chicken littles start screaming about the decline of western civilization due to the twin evils of political correctness and the self-esteem movement.
Abe Froman December 06, 2012 at 05:24 PM
Chicken Little...Dangerous gossip monger...ban all chicken...forever.
paul December 06, 2012 at 06:10 PM
The show Gilligan's Island damaged me as a child, the Skipper was always picking on his little buddy.
Stoughton12 December 06, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Says the Chicago Sausage King
Avon Barksdale December 06, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Thankfully the atrocities he committed with Lovey Howell were left on the cutting room floor.
Gretchen Robinson December 06, 2012 at 07:20 PM
way to go, Avon. What about all the folks who are still bitter, aggrieved, resentful, angry about the election? Now those 'chicken littles' are railing against the financial cliff and the end of civilization as we know it. Saw a bumper sticker today against the Affordable Healthcare Act. It said "Lord, protect us from Obamacare." Doom and gloom. Guess the driver feels hopeless about a future where the 46 million uninsured get healthcare. Hey folks, it's the season of Hope. It's Advent. Merry Christmas! Or the holiday of your choice. Happy Holidays.
Gretchen Robinson December 06, 2012 at 07:21 PM
"The Importance of Being Earnest"
Fiscal Conservative December 06, 2012 at 07:33 PM
Thank God, I have many more days behind me than ahead of me. This crap is depressing. I worked with some one who analyzed everything, couldn't enjoy anythig for the sake of enjoyment. His life had to of sucked!!! I try to enjoy things, although it is difficult in this PC world. What hair I have left I'm starting to pull out because the people lack "common sense", forget what it is too be a child, always looking for the negatives...even in simple things. I think that becoming a Hermit may be the sanest move one could make. Remove oneself from all the hate. Yes, Both Liberals & Conservatives are EQUALLY guilty of this.
Gretchen Robinson December 06, 2012 at 07:56 PM
FC: check this out when you're hermit-ting. Reuters.com - Satellite captures "black marble" view of Earth at night http://www.reuters.com/article/email/idUSBRE8B507120121206
Amy December 06, 2012 at 08:09 PM
Oh Gretchen! I see Santas Sleigh!
Janet Sroczynski December 07, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Gov. Lincoln Chafee - it is a Christmas Tree. Merry Christmas! http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/30/bill-oreilly-chafee-fox-news-angry-network_n_2217303.html Article and video entitled: "Bill O'Reilly Clashes with Gov. Lincoln Chafee: 'Fox News....Is An Angry Network' (video).
Emcee of Seekonk December 07, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Sad little Rhode Island... it'll have a blue, blue Christmas/holiday again this year.
Amy December 08, 2012 at 04:10 AM
Alvin just wants a hula hoop.
Cynthia Rosenfeld December 10, 2012 at 02:05 AM
Ha! That is so true. And so funny to apply it to a children's Christmas classic. Well done.
Gretchen Robinson December 10, 2012 at 05:07 AM
oh, dear, I have to tell you that former Gov. Calceri called it a "holiday tree" two years in a row and no one made a fuss. Course he's Republican and Catholic so that fact was never brought up by the press or pundits. Bill O'Reilly overblown umbrage will have heads shaking and and tongues wagging. Such a cheap shot. Do you all have to feel superior that you bash RI. Grow up with your piddly little griping. The HOLIDAY is bigger than that. It's pagan, Jewish (be inclusive of Jews, Jesus was a Jew!!); Black (Kwanza), India (Diwali --Festival of Lights). Are we so petty that we arrogate Christmas all to ourselves. It's the dark time of the year. Don't make it darker with your aggrieved rantings.
paul December 10, 2012 at 01:42 PM
Lincoln Chafee has become a modern day Burgermeister by censoring the word Christmas. His actions are a current trend to try and make everyone happy in this politically correct era that we are living in. Our politicians are giving this country away piece by piece, and they don't even know it.
Amy December 10, 2012 at 01:46 PM
No one talks about Religion and God more than Athiests. Just makes us stronger. Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah.
Emcee of Seekonk December 10, 2012 at 03:12 PM
"No one talks about Religion and God more than Athiests." Lol. Amen. And if one athiest is offended by the words 'Christ' or 'Christian', then we must all give up our traditions and tap dance to please the athiest. Something is mighty wrong here. Merry Christmas.
Gretchen Robinson December 10, 2012 at 10:56 PM
oh, give it up. You are ruining your own Christmas with all this crankiness. Remember that in the early years in Massachusetts the Puritans forbade Christmas and called it gaudy. That was a work day. And they were a near theocracy, as Roger Williams and Anne Hutchinson found out. Puritan church leaders had them brought up on civil charges. Mostly I don't know understand why you see yourselves as victims. I just don't understand that. Do you really think the nation is under attack by raging atheists? Most people I've ever met have a live and let live attitude.
Gretchen Robinson December 10, 2012 at 10:57 PM
I know atheists who have a holiday/Christmas tree. The tree if pagan folks. Know the history of your own religion.
Indiana December 11, 2012 at 03:19 AM
Good to see the 2 commies are back...Merry CHRISTmas
Gretchen Robinson December 11, 2012 at 03:29 AM
Indiana, the Christmas spirit is one of peace. How about the Christian tradition of not bearing false witness, of being "ambassadors for Christ"?
Betty Smith December 11, 2012 at 01:10 PM
I do see your point.

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