So I often walk into work and ask the safety officer who sits at the front desk if he thinks today will be the day the hidden cameras come out and we find out that this whole crazy town act will be just a social experiment to see how much people can take. I truly believe that the people who are offended by everything are just saying it to see if they can get a rise out of people or to see if the corporate higher ups will modify things to suit the offended.
The latest is one of my favorite holiday songs, “Baby It’s Cold Outside.” The composer, Frank Loesser, is said to have written it as a song he and his wife could sing together at parties. I enjoy the movie Elf with Will Ferrell and I love the scene where him and Zooey Deschanel sing that song. Now people want it banned from the airwaves because the lyrics and a video of the song imply date rape. As of today, some radio stations polled their listeners and they have returned the song to its airwaves. I hope they do not cut it out of Elf…
There is also outcry that Rudolph is not appropriate for children due to its offensive content. My mother was pretty strict and would not let us watch certain television shows, such as Three’s Company because she did not think it was appropriate for Jack to live with Janet and Chrissy. However, she never banned Rudolph or any other holiday films from the house. People are saying that it is racist and misogynistic. I feel it is a story of someone who is different and in the end people see Rudolph for his strong points. Hopefully some young children will watch that show and learn not to treat others badly who may be in their class or school that are different. I know as a child I felt terrible for Rudolph and I would not want someone to feel that way.
I cannot wait to see what the next thing is that offends someone. Could it be that Ebenezer Scrooge is too mean to Tiny Tim? Maybe It’s A Wonderful Life portrays bankers in a negative light and the banking industry says they want it banned from NBC. Or The Christmas Story is banned because of the inappropriate lamp that the dad hangs in the window for all of the neighbors to see? No wait, it would be the bullying that gets Flick to stick his tongue to the pole. That is super mean and offensive.
Until the hidden cameras come out, I would love to hear what you think is so horrible about a certain Christmas film and why. Let me know.
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