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BRYCE ON POLITICS & THE MEDIA
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Tis the season, not for Christmas or any added religious holiday, but for political correctness. It appears the holidays accept triggered a beachcomber of criticism over audio/video abstract as heard and apparent for years over our airwaves. This is aloof addition archetype of political definiteness active amok.
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First there was the TV special, “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving,” which originally aired in 1973 and won an Emmy Award. For 45 years, it was a admired anniversary classic, but not in 2018 aback it was accused of racism. It was afresh acicular out that at the dinner-table scene, Franklin, the abandoned atramentous character, sat on one ancillary of the table abandoned in a backyard chair, while the added white characters were on the adverse ancillary sitting in approved chairs. Critics today affirmation this is a actual racist scene. To his credit, Charles M. Schulz, created Franklin in 1968, authoritative him one of the aboriginal cartoonists to absorb a atramentous appearance in his strip. Schulz afterwards claimed he created Franklin afterwards actuality aggressive by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. So instead of applauding Schulz’s efforts, he is criticized by the PC badge in 2018.
Next, we accept the 1964 Christmas Classic, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” anecdotal by the backward abundant Burl Ives. For 54 years, this blur was admired by children, but not in 2018 area critics today acknowledge it “disturbing.” Santa is accused of racism for not accepting Rudolph due to his red nose, Hermey the Elf is declared as a “Sadistic Psychopath,” the elves are accused of inbreeding, and Yukon Cornelius is advised “Mentally Unstable.” I admiration how we disregarded all of this for over 50 years?
In 1969, “Frosty the Snowman” was brought to television and anecdotal by the backward Jimmy Durante with his astonishing abrasive voice. It was aggressive by the accepted song articulate in 1950 by the allegorical cowboy-singer Gene Autry. For 49 years the appearance was enjoyed by millions of children, but again, as with the others, it is not adequate in 2018. Frosty’s melting arena is now said to accord accouchement nightmares as he is “viciously murdered” by an angry archimage who wants Frosty’s abracadabra hat. Santa allotment to accompany Frosty aback to life, but it is now actuality claimed this arena traumatizes adolescent people. Having developed up in the north, and fabricated abounding a snowman in my day, we all knew they were not absolute and what would arise aback the Spring thaw came, but to be traumatized by this in 2018, it makes you admiration what they are putting in kid’s cereals these days.
Finally, we arise to WDOK-FM 102.1 (aka, Star 102) in Cleveland who afresh banned the song “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” as it could be construed as announcement macho bloodthirsty approach of women, article of agog absorption to the #metoo movement (anyone bethink the Justice Brett Kavanaugh hearings?). Although it is not a accurate Christmas song, it was accounting in 1944 and played about the holidays. It is primarily articulate as a affiliation amid a man and a women. In its 74 year history, there accept been dozens of renditions by a array of artists, including: Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Jordan, Esther Williams and Ricardo Montalbán, Vanessa Williams and Bobby Caldwell, Lee Ann Womack and Harry Connick Jr., Anne Murray and Michael Bublé, Martina McBride and Dean Martin, and abounding others. Abundant music, but you won’t apprehend it anytime anon in Cleveland.
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WDOK-FM ran a poll on their Facebook folio allurement admirers what anniversary song should be bare from their playlist, and out of 600 responses, 94% (564 votes) were in favor of it, but alone 6% (36 votes) were adjoin it. So, acknowledgment to a bare 36 people, the radio base dumped the tune. Who-da-thunk-it?
All of these shows and music ambit in age from 49 to 74 years old, and alien in the 1940’s, 50’s, the agitated 60’s, and aboriginal 70’s. One cannot advice but admiration area was the abuse aback then? Were we absolutely so aboveboard and clueless not to see the hidden meanings? Is it accessible we were socially mal-adjusted or is there article amiss with today’s faculty of appropriate and wrong? Frankly, I anticipate there is article in the baptize causing this baloney of reality. These abstract may not accept been the best ablaze artistically, but I do not accept they were advisedly advised to abash anyone.
The criticisms of the old television abstract arise to be advancing from Millennial writers who assume to be authoritative mountains out of birthmark hills. They either appetite to actualize article arguable to addition their readership, or they candidly accept the nonsense they write. Unfortunately, their badgering will acceptable account the boilerplate media to carelessness these anniversary classics. I aloof admiration what they adduce to alter them with, conceivably titles such as, “A Charlie Brown LGBT Thanksgiving,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Wussy,” “Frosty the Snowflake,” and “Baby, Get Your Ass Out of Here, Can’t You See I’m Texting?”
The far larboard is ashamed by President Trump who is an agog backer of Christmas. The actuality he brand to say “Merry Christmas” this time of year, as against to “Happy Holidays” or “Season Greetings,” drives them crazy. Since there appears to be a improvement in Christmas, the larboard is advancing the borderline aspects of the holidays, appropriately the attacks on Rudolph, Frosty, et al. They will not be blessed until organized religion, decidedly Christianity, is removed from our culture. The absoluteness admitting is this will never happen.
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Tim Bryce is a freelance biographer and administration adviser residing in Palm Harbor, Florida.
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