TOM THE DANCING BUG: Fox News on Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and his War On Reindeer Games



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  1. I always thought it was pretty f-ed up how that elf (who had no dental training whatsoever) yanked all the teeth out of an endangered Yeti, dooming him to starvation. If I’d written that cartoon the happy fun resolution would have been “oh, Mr. Yeti was just cranky because he had a toothache!”

    1. The Bumble didn’t starve; the real tragedy is that he was condemned to a lifetime of tree-decorating, eating only soft foods and dreaming of the days when he could chow down on an elf any damn time he felt like it. 

  2. I really don’t get this one. Since when was Christmas about marginalizing outsiders? People who are racist / nose-ist / elfist discriminate all the time, not just during the holidays. Their message is consistent; this is my restroom, my drinking fountain, my side of the bus, my Christmas, and it’s not for You People. Is the joke that Santa is at heart an elitist?

    Let’s make a deal. If you don’t like Christmas, then I won’t force you to put up a tree and lights, go to church, make you give gifts, or have a feast with friends and family. Your side of the bargain is you don’t tell me I’m a bad person for enjoying these things.

      1. Wow.  That site takes it way beyond anti-PC and anti-multiculturalist traditionalism and turns the very phrase “Merry Christmas” into an evangelical act of proselytizing non-believers.  They’re actually demanding that retailers participate in their program of spreading the gospel, not just asking retailers to acknowledge that most Americans celebrate one particular holiday.

        1. Doing retail I only had a handful of people get ‘Christmas Warrior’ on me and I just wanted to slam my hands on the counter and say “Wellll, FUUUUUUUUUUCCCKK your New Year”

    1. it’s a deal, just as long as
      1.  i don’t have to listen to you crow about how great xmas is for months before the holiday, or during the holiday for that matter
      2. you don’t disparage me for either celebrating my own holiday choosing not to celebrate at all
      3. i am allowed equal time and representation for my holiday, which you are not allowed to bitch about either as some war on xmas

    2. As others have alluded to, it has nothing to do with liking Christmas or not, it’s about acknowledging that other holidays and faiths exist.  Apparently saying “Happy Holidays” (which is an old tradition – Hello Der Bingle)  is offensive because it doesn’t implicitly state that a Christian Christmas is the most best, bestest #1 holiday there is………………..

      Despite these people’s complaints about “PC gone mad”, they’re incredibly SENSITIVE about their own holiday…..

      It’s funny because “Happy Holidays” is a handy way to express a sentiment that includes both Thanksgiving and X-mas, and the speaker may not even be thinking of *any other holidays*, but that’s not good enough, we have to exclude people and dominate culturally….

      1. It’s not a joke about Christmas, it’s a joke about Fox News. This is Christmas in a Fox News universe.

        Aren’t we living in a Fox News universe? If not, why does Fox News seem to be the building block of all political discourse?

        1. Fox News is the relative who came to dinner, stayed overnight, then somehow moved in; now, he never leaves the couch, eats everything out of the fridge, and always leaves the toilet stuffed up.  We have to talk about him.

    3. Since when was Christmas about marginalizing outsiders?

      When it’s FOX News (the subject of this cartoon, if you didn’t notice) stirring up paranoia about the secular elites and their “War on Christmas”? Or how about Rick Perry’s recent ad where he apparently thought marginalizing gays and fighting the war on Christmas were all part of the same thing, since he said “You don’t need to be in the pew every Sunday to know there’s something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military but our kids can’t openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school”.
      Let’s make a deal. If you don’t like Christmas

      You’re really missing the point, this cartoon has nothing to do with “not liking Christmas”, it’s about not liking the mindset of the right-wingers who try to create culture-war fodder from innocuous things like employees at stores saying “happy holidays” rather than “merry Christmas”.

      1. This. 

        And their effort to create culture-war fodder from innocuous things like employees at stores saying “happy holidays” rather than “merry Christmas” is also but one example of the larger, and bitterly ironic, right-wing strategy of casting themselves, their beliefs and their practices as “under attack.” They like to accuse black people who steel up the nerve to point out racism of “playing the race card,” but they’re CONSTANTLY playing the Victim Card. It’s their Ace in the Hole.

    4. IANAC (I am not a Christian) but like every other person in the US I know about it because we’re forced to learn it.  So, here’s the funny thing: “Since when was Christmas about marginalizing outsiders?”….that’s exactly what the story is about.  Arriving in town and having no place to stay and no one will help, so you end up having to sleep with animals in a barn….how is that not about marginalizing outsiders?  (I’ll ignore the obvious historical issues such as December is the wrong time of year for the census or for shepherds staying out all night in the fields.)  If you were actually a follower of Christ (as opposed to someone who is proud to call themselves a “Christian”….I’ve noticed there’s a huge difference) then you would recognize the truthful irony in the cartoon Santa’s statement.

    5. Watch the scene where Rudolph is introduced to Santa. Santa tells Donner how disappointed he is with Rudolph’s shiny nose.
      Sam the Snowman chuckles afterward about how they (his parents) tried to hide Rudolph’s “he, he, non conformity.”

      I’ve watched it every year since it was aired and always saw the program as a lesson in intolerance.  Why did Santa have to apologize?
      He was a bigot and saw the light (he, he).

    6. Your side of the bargain is you don’t tell me I’m a bad person for enjoying these things.

      Your side of the bargain is also that public money doesn’t go to celebrate the birth of your ‘don’t know who the father is’ zombie god.

  3. In my country christmas is about eating a cake with a strawberry on it, chowing some KFC, and then going to love hotel with your sweety! 
    Meri- Kurisumasu! Please enjoy your festive arguing about religions!

  4. Nathaniel of the marvelous Sonic Sideshow project (featured at White Mischief) sings Humanist Christmas Single no.2: Equal Rights for Reindeer!

  5. Ok, I’m a full-on atheist, but I freaking LOVE Christmas! It took me many years to rationalize it, but I view Christmas not as the fake Baby Jesus Birthday Party but as the pre-Christian winter solstice festival it really is. I live in a cold northern climate where it starts getting dark at 3:30 in the afternoon and winter lasts for months. Christmas, to me, is all about brightening up the darkest part of the year: lights and decorations, thoughtful gift-giving, and taking stock in the previous year and looking forward to the next. I’m fortunate to have a wonderful family I genuinely enjoy spending time with, and since I don’t live in the same part of the country as them, it’s also the one time of year I know I will be with them.

    What really drives me nuts is that in the Christian tradition Christmas isn’t even the most important holiday, it’s Easter. (Anyone can be born, it takes a special kind of person to come back from the dead and eat brains, err, sins.) And even Easter is just another takeover of a pagan fertility holiday. 

    Everything’s a remix!

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