Santa is an Asshole

by F.

At least, he is in the Rankin-Bass classic Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. Last night, we watched Rudolph on local free-to-air TV and, I have to say, I thought it was pretty horrifying. Here’s this poor reindeer with a congenital deformity he can do nothing about, who is picked on by his friends, rejected by his family, and ridiculed by his boss (Santa)—an old-school CEO who clearly doesn’t know how to treat the means of production.

While many of the grown-ups in the movie are assholes (such as Herbie’s boss and Donner, Rudolph’s dad), Santa takes the cake. After all, management theorists tell us that the tone is set at the top. If you think I’m overreacting, just check out this compilation of Santa’s misdeeds. Fortunately, in Raging Rudolph, Herbie and Rudolph get back at the old man. Fight the power boys.

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