The Huffington Post once called the holiday classic “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” of being “seriously problematic” because it promoted bullying from the other reindeers, and it included what some believed was verbal abuse when Donner tries to cover up Rudolph’s red nose.
What’s next? The “Santa Clause” is inappropriate because it shows a fat man? Oh wait, that’s actually happening, too.
So, in the spirit of Christmas – and, yes, I said Christmas – I offer those who are so easily offended by the holiday traditions that embrace love, religion, family and purpose with the following message: shut up.
There. Somebody had to say it.
I really don’t understand what it means to be part of the “woke movement.” But if being woke means finding fault with holidays and traditions that are celebrated with good intentions, then count me out. And you should stop trying to lure people into your darkness. The airports already have enough bald-headed dolts handing out flowers and free love.
Although most of us try to find the joy in a moment, there are some who are committed to causing division and hate. And if they can’t find it, they make it up. A good example is the recent acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse in Wisconsin for shooting three other men during a riot. The fact he legally defended himself against people who were either chasing and throwing items at him, hitting him or pointing a handgun at him weren’t important. Many professional agitators and some woke television pundits called the case a matter of “white privilege.” Rittenhouse was white. So were the three men who were shot. The woke community clearly doesn’t want facts to get in the way of their hate.
It doesn’t stop there. A guy named Michael Weinstein is critical of the annual tradition of laying wreaths on the graves of fallen soldiers because organizers should get permission from the family first.
His group, Military Religious Freedom Foundation, would like to see events planned for Saturday at the Keystone Heights Memorial Gardens, Hardage-Giddens Holly Hill Memorial Park in Middleburg and Jacksonville Memory Gardens Cemetery in Orange Park. Weinstein said he wasn’t against religion, but he told Fox News he doesn’t like to see grave markers “carpet-bombed” with wreaths.
In that interview, Weinstein also said, “That looks like it’s a Christian gang sign, that you’re creating territory that is a Christian territory.”
The Military Religious Freedom foundation issued this statement ahead of this year’s event, saying, “On December 18, the graves of all veterans in our country’s 155 national cemeteries and numerous other locations where American veterans are buried, will be indiscriminately decorated with Christmas wreaths by the organization Wreaths Across America. The gravesites of Christians and non-Christians alike will be adorned with this hijacked-from-paganism symbol of Christianity – circular and made of evergreen to symbolize everlasting life through Jesus Christ – whether the families of the deceased veterans like it or not.”
According to tax filings, Weinstein’s group raised a little less than $700,000 last year. It also showed he paid himself $314,000 in salary and that he said he worked nearly 105 hours a week, according to Fox News.
Wreaths Across America executor director Karen Worcester said her group doesn’t promote religion; it merely honors the service of fallen veterans. She said any family is welcome to ask for their family member to be skipped, but in 30 years of the event it hasn’t happened once.
Weinstein, however, continues to make a great living off of spewing ignorance and misinformation. Apparently being woke is good for the bottom line.
The list of people getting their knickers in a knot doesn’t stop with wreaths or Rudolph. There are politically correct advocates who have issues with other holiday movies.
“The Holiday” has been deemed to show “toxic masculinity” and one of the lead characters, Jack Black who plays Miles was described as being a sociopath,” “Jingle All the Way” puts too much emphasis on the capitalism of Christmas and unwanted advanced by a neighbor, “Bridgette Jones Diary” has no problem with sexual harassment, being fat and sexism and “The Holiday” also is considered to be sexist.
“It’s a Wonder Life” can’t escape the daggers of wokeness.
One comment on Twitter said the classic was “outdated.”
No kidding. It was made in 1946. Another hint was he word for the building and loan. We call them banks now.
What has some barking for change is when George Bailey, played by James Stewart, passionately grabs his wife Mary, played by Donna Reed, for a warm kiss. The woke community believes he first should have asked for permission.
I refuse to let wokeness affect my holidays. I will smile when I hear carolers, I will stuff a $5 bill in the red bucket in front of stores and I will fire up the VCR this weekend to watch a bunch of holiday movies. And I will be at Wreaths Across America – again – this Saturday.
So in the true spirit of the holidays, Merry Christmas everyone.
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