Oh, come on! Really, Slate? This is getting ridiculous:
— Slate (@Slate) December 17, 2017
Apparently Santa is a bully and and the story is “an allegory for being gay in a homophobic society”:
When I re-watched the Rankin/Bass production this year, I was alarmed by the cold-heartedness of one of Rudolph’s persecutors in particular: Santa, who I’d always remembered as a sort of silent, complicit bystander to Rudolph’s abuse, not the ringleader he’s made out to be in the TV special. Santa visits Rudolph’s family cave soon after his birth; his main reaction to the newborn son of Donner, one of his most trusted reindeer, is “I hope that [red nose] goes away.” After an older Rudolph’s nose cover-up falls off in public, revealing its red glow, Santa tells Donner he “should be ashamed” of himself for raising such a son. (This interaction is one of the clearest bits of evidence that the whole tale is an allegory for being gay in a homophobic society.) Santa also repeatedly insults his elves when they write a cute little song for him, slouching and rolling his eyes like a peevish child during their performance. This depiction of Santa, who is typically portrayed as a generous, avuncular fellow, may be especially confusing for children taught to please the Christmas gatekeeper with “nice” behavior. Santa as unfeeling, punishing patriarch is not much of a role model.
Make it stop:
Such unhappy people over there at Slate. https://t.co/y8ZOqiBvKF
— Cindy Cooper (@CindyCoops) December 17, 2017
Absolute garbage reporting https://t.co/8Z2NUaubYp
— Navin R. Johnson (@RedlegsRobJ) December 17, 2017
Nope, not a parody:
When, exactly, did @Slate become a parody account?
— John H (@JBARH) December 17, 2017
But it’s hard to tell:
Sometimes, it's legitimately hard to tell if current headlines like these are the Onion or not.
— Twilight Smash (@Blackandnerdy2) December 17, 2017
And the prize for dumbest take ever goes to Slate.
— Spooky's Official🎄CHRISTMAS🎄Account (@fiskasaurusrex) December 18, 2017
Slate continues to be the worst.
— Eric Larson (@larsoneric50) December 17, 2017
Wait, WHAT!? Slate writer already envisioning BIGGER things for Doug Jones https://t.co/0tD6x3SKXF
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) December 13, 2017
More Thanksgiving fun: Slate explains why turkey day is a sexist 1950s nightmare https://t.co/BYPpesxOtE
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) November 21, 2017
'Ass sphincter says WHAT?' Slate gets SO OWNED for claiming Dems can help Repubs with this https://t.co/biKt0f8f7d
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) November 10, 2017