On Saturday, HuffPost published a hit job on a 53-year-old movie, based on nothing more than unthinking animus (a.k.a. “bigotry”) toward a popular children’s tale. HuffPost accused the film of racism, sexism, homophobia, and every sort of bigotry — not realizing that the movie actually condemns these attitudes toward “misfits.”

The HuffPost video featured a montage of tweets attacking the 1964 film “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” — and attacking the movie’s “sins.” It concluded with a tweet from user Cass Martino: “Deviation from the norm will be punished unless it is exploitable.”
 

The HuffPost attack suggests that this is the key theme of the movie, as if “Rudolph” were defending the kind of bullying directed at Rudolph and his elf friend (who wants to be a dentist) throughout the film.

“Yearly reminder that Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer is a parable on racism & homophobia w/ Santa as a bigoted exploitative prick,” tweeted Garytt Poirier in the first message to show up in HuffPost’s video.

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