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BABY, IT’S POLITICALLY CORRECT OUTSIDE

Posted by Tim Bryce on December 6, 2018

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– Attacking holiday programming.

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Tis the season, not for Christmas or any other religious holiday, but for political correctness. It appears the holidays have triggered a wave of criticism over audio/video classics as heard and seen for years over our airwaves. This is just another example of political correctness running amok.

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 beloved holiday classic, but not in 2018 when it was accused of racism. It was recently pointed out that at the dinner-table scene, Franklin, the lone black character, sat on one side of the table alone in a lawn chair, while the other white characters were on the opposite side sitting in regular chairs. Critics today claim this is a very racist scene. To his credit, Charles M. Schulz, created Franklin in 1968, making him one of the first cartoonists to incorporate a black character in his strip. Schulz later claimed he created Franklin after being inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. So instead of applauding Schulz’s efforts, he is criticized by the PC police in 2018.

Next, we have the 1964 Christmas Classic, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” narrated by the late great Burl Ives. For 54 years, this film was cherished by children, but not in 2018 where critics today declare it “disturbing.” Santa is accused of racism for not accepting Rudolph due to his red nose, Hermey the Elf is described as a “Sadistic Psychopath,” the elves are accused of inbreeding, and Yukon Cornelius is considered “Mentally Unstable.” I wonder how we overlooked all of this for over 50 years?

In 1969, “Frosty the Snowman” was brought to television and narrated by the late Jimmy Durante with his marvelous gravelly voice. It was inspired by the popular song sung in 1950 by the legendary cowboy-singer Gene Autry. For 49 years the show was enjoyed by millions of children, but again, as with the others, it is not acceptable in 2018. Frosty’s melting scene is now said to give children nightmares as he is “viciously murdered” by an evil magician who wants Frosty’s magic hat. Santa returns to bring Frosty back to life, but it is now being claimed this scene traumatizes young people. Having grown up in the north, and made many a snowman in my day, we all knew they were not real and what would happen when the Spring thaw came, but to be traumatized by this in 2018, it makes you wonder what they are putting in kid’s cereals these days.

Finally, we come to WDOK-FM 102.1 (aka, Star 102) in Cleveland who recently banned the song “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” as it could be construed as promoting male predatory tactics of women, something of keen interest to the #metoo movement (anyone remember the Justice Brett Kavanaugh hearings?). Although it is not a true Christmas song, it was written in 1944 and played around the holidays. It is primarily sung as a duet between a man and a women. In its 74 year history, there have been dozens of renditions by a variety 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 many others. Great music, but you won’t hear it anytime soon in Cleveland.

WDOK-FM ran a poll on their Facebook page asking listeners what holiday song should be omitted from their playlist, and out of 600 responses, 94% (564 votes) were in favor of it, but only 6% (36 votes) were against it. So, thanks to a meager 36 people, the radio station dumped the tune. Who-da-thunk-it?

All of these shows and music range in age from 49 to 74 years old, and introduced in the 1940’s, 50’s, the turbulent 60’s, and early 70’s. One cannot help but wonder where was the outrage back then? Were we really so naive and clueless not to see the hidden meanings? Is it possible we were socially mal-adjusted or is there something wrong with today’s sense of right and wrong? Frankly, I think there is something in the water causing this distortion of reality. These classics may not have been the most brilliant artistically, but I do not believe they were deliberately designed to embarrass anyone.

The criticisms of the old television classics appear to be coming from Millennial writers who seem to be making mountains out of mole hills. They either want to create something controversial to boost their readership, or they honestly believe the nonsense they write. Unfortunately, their badgering will likely cause the mainstream media to abandon these holiday classics. I just wonder what they propose to replace them with, perhaps 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 left is confounded by President Trump who is an ardent proponent of Christmas. The fact he likes to say “Merry Christmas” this time of year, as opposed to “Happy Holidays” or “Season Greetings,” drives them crazy. Since there appears to be a resurgence in Christmas, the left is attacking the peripheral aspects of the holidays, hence the attacks on Rudolph, Frosty, et al. They will not be happy until organized religion, particularly Christianity, is removed from our culture. The reality though is this will never happen.

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 40 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb1557@gmail.com

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8 Responses to “BABY, IT’S POLITICALLY CORRECT OUTSIDE”

  1. Dr. Rich Swier said

    Great. Published: http://bit.ly/2UpaZVl

    Rich

    On Thu, Dec 6, 2018 at 7:01 AM THE BRYCE IS RIGHT! wrote:

    > Tim Bryce posted: “BRYCE ON POLITICS – Attacking holiday programming. > Click for AUDIO VERSION. To use this segment in a Radio broadcast or > Podcast, send TIM a request. Tis the season, not for Christmas or any other > religious holiday, but for political correctness. It ap” >

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  2. Tim Bryce said

    A W.H. of Boulder, Colorado wrote…

    “Just to let you know, KOSI 101 here in Denver initially banned “Baby It’s Cold Outside” as well after Cleveland did it (I think the parent company owns both stations). Anyway, they too did a poll and 94% or so of the respondents likewise said “keep it on the air.” Unlike Cleveland though, apparently the KOSI management decided to put it back on the air. At least, that’s what was reported last night on the local news.”

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  3. Joe Duhamel said

    The more I see of this insanity the more I realize that only innocuous shows like the Teletubbies, with formless, sexless, raceless, gray, bubble people smiling and waving will be permitted. Watered down plots, passionless music, no one ever getting hurt, no one ever crying. Any evil will be portrayed as a dramatic foil – colorful, expressive, probably white male, rich, corporate CEO, interested in a productive and creative existence.

    Society is eventually going to look like the Morlocks and the Eloi from H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine. Keeping in mind the Morlocks (shown as evil in movie versions) kept the Eloi happy, ignorant and well fed… and ate them.

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  4. Steve Krall said

    Tim…is it ironic? Or insanity… Cleveland…of all places…banned “Baby It’s Cold Outside”. Bastion of rock N roll. In fact, the Rock n Roll Hall Of Fame….with rebel rockers like Jerry Lee Lewis and explicit rappers like Tupac inducted. But they’ve drawn the line at “Cold Outside? I’d like to say I understand it, given that I understand the faults and disconnects of human endeavors………but I don’t. I don’t get it at all.

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  5. Tim Bryce said

    A U.V. of Largo, Florida wrote…

    “Boy, I’m really getting sick of this. What else do they want to take away from kids? And who are they? Idiots. I’m an adult and enjoy them. I don’t see any “hidden” messages. How can a kid. Sheesh! There, I feel better now. Going to have dinner.”

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  6. Tim,
    The people who object to these Christmas classics must live charmed lives. They have nothing else to do. What if no one listens to them other than their friends?

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