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  #1  
December 14th, 2011, 01:59 PM
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Does Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer promote bullying?
Does Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer promote bullying? | wtsp.com
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A Long Island University professor says "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer" promotes bullying.
There's even a book about it called "No More Bullies on the North Pole."
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December 14th, 2011, 02:21 PM
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I agree that this guy has way too much time on his hands. It is far fetched to think watching Rudolph will cause kids to buly. I also doubt a kid who is already a bully will think, "Gee, it must be okay for me to bully since Santa's reindeers pick on Rudolph."
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December 14th, 2011, 02:47 PM
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Whoever funded this study should be bombarded with rabid kittens.
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December 14th, 2011, 03:11 PM
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While I don't think it "promotes" bullying, I do think there is bullying in the movie. The movie is an old one, and back then there were a lot of kids movies and shows that were more violent than they are today. I think now days we are more bully-aware and that is why people are more concious about what is in kids shows.
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December 14th, 2011, 03:16 PM
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You have to admit, Santa's behavior in the show is deplorable.

And don't get me started about what they did to that poor snow monster!
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December 14th, 2011, 03:29 PM
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Whoever funded this study should be bombarded with rabid kittens.


I will read this article later and give a proper response. But really? This was research? DOH
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December 14th, 2011, 09:00 PM
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You have to admit, Santa's behavior in the show is deplorable.

And don't get me started about what they did to that poor snow monster!
^^ this, i remember losing a lot of respect for Santa after watching it...

Seriously though, did anyone as a child walk away from watching Rudolph not feeling sorry for him after being bullied, or how about the elf who just wanted to be a dentist & was harrassed....or the sad little island of misfit toys? I hardly think it promotes bullying...but it doesn't necessarily treat it with the same sensitivity it would (probably) if they were making the show today.
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December 15th, 2011, 04:40 AM
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I think the study is just silly and no, I do not think it promotes bullying. I think the central theme is one of acceptance for those who are different. Rudolph, Hermie, the misfit toys.
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December 15th, 2011, 07:59 AM
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Really if anything its a prime example of why NOT to bully.
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December 15th, 2011, 12:59 PM
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Funny because I always saw the story as a way of showing that you shouldn't bully. I mean everyone thought Rudolph was funny & useless because he was different. And in the end, he saved Christmas.

Contrary to promoting bullying it has always symbolized that what makes us different is what makes us special.

I love Hermy the Dentist. And kids were/are a misfit can feel better because Hermy followed his heart & got acceptance in the end.
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December 15th, 2011, 02:36 PM
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Funny because I always saw the story as a way of showing that you shouldn't bully. I mean everyone thought Rudolph was funny & useless because he was different. And in the end, he saved Christmas.

Contrary to promoting bullying it has always symbolized that what makes us different is what makes us special.

I love Hermy the Dentist. And kids were/are a misfit can feel better because Hermy followed his heart & got acceptance in the end.
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December 15th, 2011, 03:59 PM
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I always thought it was a story about overcoming bullying and triumphing even though you're different, celebrating differences, blah, blah, blah....

That Santa IS terrible though.
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December 19th, 2011, 08:52 AM
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I see it in the opposite way- I see it as teaching a great lesson about bullying. Kids encounter WORSE at school, so I think seeing that and how both Rudolf and the elf overcame it is a GOOD thing.
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December 19th, 2011, 04:13 PM
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Yes, I'm sure that's why the world has gone crazy...all because of Rudolph!
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