Monday, December 24, 2012

Rudolph and Bullying

Hello, Karstuhl here!

There is one thing I do not understand about the lyrics of the Christmas song Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer: why the bullies changes their minds.

The song is, as most of you certainly know, about the reindeer Rudolph, who is bullied by other reindeer because he has a shiny, red nose. Then Santa Claus comes along and asks Rudolph to guide his sleigh, which results in the bullies turning around and starting to love Rudolph.

As far as I know, bullies do not usually change their minds about their victim because an authority figure comes along and gives the victim an important task. It is more to the contrary: they tend to bully their victim even more, certainly behind the back of the authority figure, now also claiming he is a kiss-up to the authority figure. The authority figure in the song is, of course, Santa.

I can think of two explanations. Either the bullies say they love Rudolph just when Santa is around - or they say they love Rudolph with a great deal of sarcasm. This is, however, nothing that is expressly revealed in the song, so I am still puzzled by the lyrics.

If any of the readers of this blog has a good explanation, please leave a comment!

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