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College prof insists ‘Rudolph’ is ‘queerest holiday special ever’

Empower Wisconsin | Dec. 16,  2019

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, had a very shiny nose. And if you ever saw it, you would even say he’s gay. 

Wait, what? 

Yep, another delusional college professor has taken a beloved holiday special and turned it into a liberal allegory — in this case, a trans anthem.  

In a recent New York Times opinion piece, Columbia University English professor Jennifer Finney Boylan asserts “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” is the “queerest holiday special ever.” 

Boylan, a transgender woman, sees similarities in her journey through conflicted gender land and the adventures of the show’s protagonists — misfits Rudolph and his “ beautiful and blond” elf friend Hermey, who eschews the toy shop for a career in dentistry. 

Hmm? 

“There’s plenty of queer code in Christmastown,” Boylan writes. “After Rudolph’s red nose shines in his father Donner’s cave, for instance, causing Donner a curiously profound mortification, the old man comes up with a fake nose for his boy to wear. You know: so as not to offend The Straights.”

“Maybe it goes without saying that this is exactly how I felt, putting on a coat and tie to go to my right-wing, all-boys high school, before coming out as trans years later.” 

Okay. 

“And then, there’s Hermey the Elf. Beautiful and blond where all the other elves resemble bulbous-nosed Vulcans, all he wants is to be able to be himself (a dentist, in fact), instead of being forced to toil in Santa’s soul-crushing toy factory… Sometimes I dream of seeing an elderly, grown-up Hermey making one of those ‘It Gets Better’ videos,” the professor writes. 

Let’s not even get into what Yukon Cornelius has going on. It does get lonely out there in the cold, prospecting for silver and gold — and, well, Bumbles bounce!

And it’s definitely getting weirder in the wilds of higher education. 

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