The Terrifying Philosophy of Rudolph

21 déc. 2020
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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: A warning of a dystopian future?
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer is a feel good Christmas classic. But is it also a warning about how society can use bio-power to turn the world into one big system of dystopian control? Let’s find out in this Wisecrack Edition on The Terrifying Philosophy of Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer.
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Commentaires
  • Childhood ruined.

    Tai NguyenTai NguyenIl y a mois
  • Bio-politics in a nutshell: people's worth are reduced down to their utility. Those that aren't useful in any meaningful way have no place in a bio-political society.

    Steven MaSteven MaIl y a mois
  • The thing that’s always bothered me about that story is the fact that it basically says to anyone who is considered “atypical” that they are only valuable when their differences can be use by others. If you’re a “normal” person you are inherently valuable, but if you’re an “abnormal” person, your abnormalities HAVE to be useful to “normal” people in some way for you to have any value.

    Willow TNGWillow TNGIl y a 2 mois
  • Didn't i hear this theory in the show, Cheers?

    odalvaradoodalvaradoIl y a 2 mois
  • “I’ll find HOLES for all those MISFIT TOYS”

    Aye_Jones FKA Marvel_JonesAye_Jones FKA Marvel_JonesIl y a 2 mois
  • My first thought is, why does he assume exclusion based on appearances is particular to modern society? People in the past were actually much more intolerant of physical differences than they are now. Also, he's having to impose the concept of biopolitics onto the narrative and onto broader society to come to his conclusions. When he doesn't actually prove that society works that way in the first place. Our culture is actually so diverse and individualistic as it stands that it would be hard to force people to comply that way. And even if it were true, physical differences wouldn't make any difference to productivity, and if anything, the conclusion of the story only restates this fact. And if it were absolute, stories like Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, encouraging people to accept each other for their differences, wouldn't be so well circulated and often told. The original song doesn't go the same way as that movie. Also, he's sort of reshaping the definition of "rehabilitation". "Rehabilitation" is usually understood as a healing or restorative process. Something has gone wrong for he person. They aren't able to live in a way that is fulfilling. So they go through a process that helps them to become able to work towards fulfilment. The video seems to redefine rehabilitation to include changes to culture that better accommodate or welcome differences. Which is actually the desirable change we would want to see if we want societies to be less discriminatory. But he makes it sound dark and evil by making society sound like a bunch of selfish jerks who just want to use people up. In practice, a fulfilling occupation is often fulfilling because of the help and difference you're able to make in the lives of others.

    Shona McCarthyShona McCarthyIl y a 2 mois
  • Hmm, but don't you think that this story is also about forgiveness? We could argue that Rudolph ought not to embrace the society that shunned him until he was of use to them, but after all, it's a children's story and I guess Rudolph is a child himself; at least he has the mind of a child, even if he's meant to be a fully grown reindeer. Rudolph wants to belong, to fit in, and he has no other place to go. It's not up to him to change, it's up to them to realize that he has something they need. Once they finally do, Rudolph is generous enough to help them out instead of bearing a grudge. In our everyday lives however, you are right, we might have to think whether we truly want to belong and even be helpful to people who shun us instead of seeing our potential. In some cases, it may be better to walk out and never look back. But that's another kind of story and possibly not suitable for children.

    PomoscorzoPomoscorzoIl y a 2 mois
  • Hey Vsauce, Michael here.

    William ZeeWilliam ZeeIl y a 2 mois
  • I really don't see how the whole concept of "biopolitics" would be anything modern at all. People used to prefer having male children because they'd make for better farmhands (to the point of practising infanticide). Even in pre-agricultural societies there are documented cases of tribes where the elderly or ill who slowed down everyone else would be killed or abandoned, not all such societies were paradises of mutual care. Scarcity begets that sort of harshness, because someone who eats as much as everyone else but doesn't produce as much ends up being a liability. If anything modern times have allowed us to cut a lot of slack thanks to our excess productivity; the oddity may be how much, despite having abundance, we're still wired to think like if we had scarcity, and so when a politician comes around saying that "those people are a burden on society" (or that COVID-19 after all kills only the elderly and ill...), lots of people tend to agree because at a gut level they still have that survival instinct, as if we were all living on the very edge of survival, when keeping around someone who can't earn their keep will just drag down everyone else too.

    Hagane no GijutsushiHagane no GijutsushiIl y a 2 mois
  • Christmas Town is not a utopia. There's NO SUCH THING as a utopia.

    Sierra MSierra MIl y a 2 mois
  • What's so wrong with servitude? Santa's not "controlling" Rudolph for himself, it's for the children.

    Sierra MSierra MIl y a 2 mois
  • Sorry wisecrack I'm not paying money to hear Bullshit like diehard isn't a damn Christmas movie

    Black DuncanBlack DuncanIl y a 2 mois
  • Kids could you lighten up a little

    mlg Bobbymlg BobbyIl y a 2 mois
  • This is interesting, but I wish you would have explored the subject a bit more. I don't really see where the dystopian part comes in? As it appears to me that "biopolitics" is also what makes society reject violent and abusive people, people who are cruel towards animals, unhealthy people, greedy people and so on. Not really sure I understand the term biopolitics. Seems to me that it is more of a social construct than a political one, but regardless. Isn't this just part of how societies arrange themselves? Religous people shun heritics, vegans shun meat eaters, rich shun the poor and so on?

    M. DjervigM. DjervigIl y a 2 mois
  • It's kind of like slavery

    Nton LaleNton LaleIl y a 2 mois
  • The Fifth World; those whose lives would be prevented or ended by Eugenic assumptions around their identity. The Fourth, Indigenous the Third the Non Aligned (Cold War Term) The Second Socialist, the First - Capitalism.

    Andrew HendricksAndrew HendricksIl y a 2 mois
  • Remember kids, it's okay to be physically deformed so long as you are still useful to the ruling class.

    Jonathan KentJonathan KentIl y a 2 mois
  • Die Hard is very much a Christmas movie haha!

    Sammie Loves SophieSammie Loves SophieIl y a 2 mois
  • Difference will be punished unless it can be exploited.

    Bret SanderBret SanderIl y a 2 mois
  • DIE HARD IS A CHRISTMAS MOVIE!

    Mikael KanervaMikael KanervaIl y a 2 mois
  • Your analysis gives an explanation on how biopower can be a cause behind unemployment. In certain cases, people are unemployed and marginalized because, by virtue of their personality traits, they do not assimilate into a community notable for its criminality, corruption, complicity and tactics of coercion.

    FlamingIbisFlamingIbisIl y a 2 mois
  • As a person with a disability who chose art as a major, I understood the real message of Rudolph all too well...

    yensidyensidIl y a 2 mois
  • The drones, ah the drones. Maybe you should make a video about that. www.imdb.com/title/tt3801730/

    zatoici hanzozatoici hanzoIl y a 3 mois
  • Is jarrod gone forever?? 😥😥😥

    sobre reflexiones y otros demoniossobre reflexiones y otros demoniosIl y a 3 mois
  • I saw a meme that had this same idea summed up into one sentence "Deviation from the norm will be punished unless it is exploitable"

    Glutany67Glutany67Il y a 3 mois
  • So Rudolph is me? To explain, most of my family hates me because when they force me to be extroverted instead of introverted, I don’t conform. Same thing comes with my love of reading books. 😭

    Nia Abejero - Mc ConnellNia Abejero - Mc ConnellIl y a 3 mois
  • What about the other Jeff Bridges: Kurt Russell

    Peter ZellerPeter ZellerIl y a 3 mois
  • "ruin your childhood"? I'm a longtime sub of bolth Mat Pat's channels, so that ship has sailed

    Kamryn TurnerKamryn TurnerIl y a 3 mois
  • schools brainwash people that we have to live in society. I just want to live in the mountains and live off the land.

    The OutlawThe OutlawIl y a 3 mois
  • Sure let's try to Ruin this too

    47 Hippo47 HippoIl y a 3 mois
  • As someone who could also "never join any games" on the playground I always hated this story.I always realized how disingenuous it was of the other reindeers. "Oh *now* that I'm a celebrity you suddenly wanna be friends with me huh? Sorry folks... that ship (sleigh?) has sailed." About the concept of Biopolitics: It's like that infamous TikTok where you have one of these baby toys with different shapes of bricks and according shaped holes in the lid of a bucket - but because all have a 1x1 inch cross-section they all fit in the 1x1 inch square hole. But as soon as say the Roof-shaped tile isn't 1x1 but 2x1 it doesn't fit the square anymore. Now what most proprietors of Biopolitics do is to either forget, ignore, or even obstruct the Roof-shaped hole that would fit perfectly and rather throw out the piece entirely, sometimes out of ineptitude or laziness... but more often than not just to exert power and dominance. And given how many people this practice is actually killing one could say we're not very far off from the beheadings...

    HornswroggleHornswroggleIl y a 3 mois
  • This sounds like the "Hammer paradox" ... if the only tool you've got is a thesis of biopower all you find are examples of it.

    Ugly German TruthsUgly German TruthsIl y a 3 mois
  • It may be gross, but that's the price of society.

    ShinkajoShinkajoIl y a 3 mois
  • society likes to break people then complain about all the broken people.

    Troy Walker The Progressive PrecarianTroy Walker The Progressive PrecarianIl y a 3 mois
  • 11:30 at which point rudolph should have started making demands, higher salary, some hoes i mean does, fire that a hole blitzen.....

    Troy Walker The Progressive PrecarianTroy Walker The Progressive PrecarianIl y a 3 mois
  • rehabilitation = indoctrination. conforming to a sick society.

    Troy Walker The Progressive PrecarianTroy Walker The Progressive PrecarianIl y a 3 mois
  • T H E S A N T A C U L T

    Wacko JackoWacko JackoIl y a 3 mois
  • Santa has a URSS model of work. Funny how communists here projevt it in capitalism.

    Joseph AngJoseph AngIl y a 3 mois
  • The only positive thing about 'Rudolph' seems to be that there weren't any re-education and labor camps. A 'Rudolph' where the misfit toys weren't outcast but fed into the grinder like male chickens wouldn't be exactly family friendly, either.

    GeFlixesGeFlixesIl y a 3 mois
  • Explain how Joe pesci was the good guy in home alone. If he didn't want to be tortured all he had to do was not steal from that one house

    adam hauskinsadam hauskinsIl y a 3 mois
  • Philosophy of the grinch and Charlie Brown’s Xmas

    Oliver WilliamsOliver WilliamsIl y a 3 mois
  • I always knew this shit was sus

    blarblablarblarblarblablarblarIl y a 3 mois
  • Neoliberalism.jpg

    Chandan Grayson-PattarChandan Grayson-PattarIl y a 3 mois
  • Santa in this is just a Bigtime Racial Purist and Capitalist

    Elijah J NealElijah J NealIl y a 3 mois
  • Been saying for awhile that Four Christmas's is severely underrated.

    Mike HonchoMike HonchoIl y a 3 mois
  • tbh ive always hated this version bc santa's such a jerk. every analysis that takes this movie down a peg just makes me stronger

    Tyken GrayneTyken GrayneIl y a 3 mois
  • It is an accurate depiction. The machine needs to find a way to fit you in. The Island of Misfit Toys actually represents an improvement upon just killing the misfits.

    Bobby WintersBobby WintersIl y a 3 mois
  • It's both

    XeirenXeirenIl y a 3 mois
  • Keep in mind, that scene with Coach Comet and Santa. Despite being a leader within the North Pole society, Santa acts as if he can't really affect whether or not Rudolph is included within the reindeer games. In this system that is all about forging their productivity towards an external actor's benefit (i.e. all their labor is going towards kids who aren't a part of their social structure), Santa doesn't seem to have full control. Within this highly regimented society, how would or should a good leader act? There's already push back of a certain kind and he can't seem to make decisions on inclusion without basis it seems. So in a biopolitical structure, does inclusion or finding a use for all non-conforming actors mark someone as a good leader within this case? Keep in mind, by allowing for a wider range of professions within his society, Santa has slowly started to shift what it can accommodate besides professions and events beyond toys. (Not only does having a dentist around allow for the professions, but it means that the elves need to take time out of their off-hours to schedule a dentist appointment. A large difference from what they sing at: 5:05 where it implies they "Work" instead of "Playing" in their free time.)

    John SmithJohn SmithIl y a 3 mois
  • Great vid! I always thought this movie was pretty effed up.

    Synthetase2Synthetase2Il y a 3 mois
  • This is the most soul crushing episode of wisecrack I've ever seen. Thumbs down.

    Wartime ChristianWartime ChristianIl y a 3 mois
  • Nobody is willing to address the on screen murder of the flightless bird at the very end of the film? The bird is quickly evaluated, then pushed out of the sleigh *without* an umbrella to slow the terminal velocity, plummeting to certain death.

    Robert SmitheeRobert SmitheeIl y a 3 mois
  • 4:30 Oh you dont say? Its so much of a stretch it would have to be made of bubblegum to stretch that far and it would still snap. What tells me this has no pull on biology is Hermie. He simply wants to be a dentist, nothing is biologically stopping him from making toys, unless having blonde hair somehow prevents you from that. There's nothing wrong with him, he just has an interest out of the norm. I see this as essentially a clarification, that allegorically Rudolph isn't about being biologically different, its simply meant to be about being different. All of your examples quotes here sound like crazy cult talk.

    pupypuppupypupIl y a 3 mois
  • Shazam is a Christmas movie

    MenendezMenendezIl y a 3 mois
  • HOW IS JOE PESCI THE GOOD GUY IN HOME ALONE? 🤯🤯🤯

    Miss JonesMiss JonesIl y a 3 mois
  • If you look at the majority of cultural tales there about finding once’s place in the society. Even in societies pre capitalism. So it’s not all that much different than like anything else.

    Charles PaapeCharles PaapeIl y a 3 mois
  • Wow, you could put “meaning” to anything

    Christopher ValenciaChristopher ValenciaIl y a 3 mois
  • I just realized why this philosophy sounds so familiar, it's literally the exact same thing that happened in Naruto. At first, because Naruto was the Fox's vessel, everyone hated him, he was bullied, ostracized, persecuted and generally treated like dirt. It doesn't help that almost everyone in the village is trained to be a ninja, which he was terrible at, and that made people hate him more. He only started to gain minor acceptance once he became a ninja, but even then, the demon inside him made him a liability. (What everyone expected him to be). But it was only after he saved all their sorry butts almost a dozen times that everyone decided he was an okay guy. Then after that, suddenly because he was useful and was treated with honor by the people that use to curse his very existence.

    Owen MaleskiOwen MaleskiIl y a 3 mois
  • It’s definitely a tale on biopower. I wouldn’t know how else to interpret it.

    ManubibiManubibiIl y a 3 mois
  • Lets not forget Santa is the only employer there. It's either work for literally "the man" or starve. After the Santa led community had thoroughly demoralised the misfits and broken them down mentally he throws them some scraps. Look how gratefully they are now being a slave to Santa's industrial complex. Moral of the story: Santa is a dictator who had enslaved an entire race (the Elves) and exploited the environment (reindeer) to further his personal agenda.

    Covid Go AwayCovid Go AwayIl y a 3 mois
  • and here I am as a definition of a non productive body and trying hard to fit in... reality sucks lol.

    Sunny Side of the Dark SideSunny Side of the Dark SideIl y a 3 mois
  • Its both. One does not preclude the other.

    Ken DethstrykeKen DethstrykeIl y a 3 mois
  • Psychiatric disorder = deviance throw meds at it to normalize forget the fact it destroys liver kidneys and heart....nope just swallow this to be normal....or be homeless "crazy" person on street everyone ignores and is disgusted by

    Elianna Chandler-LeslieElianna Chandler-LeslieIl y a 3 mois
  • I can also seeing this about accepting homosexuality.

    Impa SimpaImpa SimpaIl y a 3 mois
  • You'll never fit in! --Head Elf; being his kind, caring self *WHY WEREN"T YOU AT ELF PRACTICE?*

    Dullard D. BonesDullard D. BonesIl y a 3 mois
  • The North Pole sure looks like North Korea

    Pomponivs ArchibaldPomponivs ArchibaldIl y a 3 mois
  • Stop listening when you said diehard was not a Christmas movie he went to see his kids for the holidays and to reconnect with his wife at a holiday party it is definitely a Christmas movie

    Melvin KellerMelvin KellerIl y a 3 mois
  • You have some dreamy looks, dude. I was a lil' distracted sometimes lol

    Fer ContrerasFer ContrerasIl y a 3 mois
  • What's sad is that we embrace bio-power to the point where you can't just have a minority take part in X, they're there to fulfill a role as a member of their kind. It's ironically degrading as it ruins the idea of individual achievement. What if Rudolf had other talents he wanted to be recognized for?

    Antasma1Antasma1Il y a 3 mois
  • Additionally, youn want to know what happens to reindeer that don't make the team? They're eaten. Come here to Germany and in the Christmas market in my wife's hometown, they have a reindeer kabob stand! Rudolph was wise to run.

    The Raging PlatypusThe Raging PlatypusIl y a 3 mois
  • Yeah.... u actually have to have value for u to properly function in a society. That is not a big revelation.

    SHAMELESSDAB 2.0SHAMELESSDAB 2.0Il y a 3 mois
  • I've pointed this out about Rudolph for years. The village didn't accept Rudolph. They used him. Additionally, they don't keep him as the lead of the team. It was just that year. For example, watch the Christmas Chronicles and he's nowhere to be seen. They didn't need his nose, so, it's off the team again.

    The Raging PlatypusThe Raging PlatypusIl y a 3 mois
  • I remember thinking something like this after rewatching the movie the other day. I was like "These guys are a bunch of assholes. They only like him now because he's useful."

    Diddle DudeDiddle DudeIl y a 3 mois
  • Honestly if I were you my intro would be: hey wisecrack Michael here 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

    Stealth PopcornStealth PopcornIl y a 3 mois
  • Great! So now we know to abandon all who aren't productive to die in the wilderness. Woohoo! lol

    Notelliot70Notelliot70Il y a 3 mois
  • Now go watch Filmjoy's new vid about the Xmas movie argument. It's not about whether it's a Xmas movie or not, It's about how Xmas the movie is. DieHard is more Xmas than Frosty. It's math. lol

    Notelliot70Notelliot70Il y a 3 mois
  • Way to break it down, even as a child I liked the show but, i always felt uneasy about the message!🤔 btw five minutes after opening presents all my toys qualified as "misfit toys"!🎅

    Maurice DavisMaurice DavisIl y a 3 mois
  • I'd like to see one of these about Yu-Gi-Oh 5ds.

    Ciro AmayaCiro AmayaIl y a 3 mois
  • All of the reindeer in Rudolph are biologically female. Male reindeer lose their antlers in winter.

    Shadow CityShadow CityIl y a 3 mois
  • This is why I never had nostalgia for this film, it always felt rotten underneath all the pretty puppets.

    Mariana MoraMariana MoraIl y a 3 mois
  • Oh look, entire human civilization summarised in a Christmas movie

    David DraghiciDavid DraghiciIl y a 3 mois
  • My sister and I came to hate these Christmas specials when we got older. Maybe this is why.

    Nuclear Cat BabyNuclear Cat BabyIl y a 3 mois
  • You have totally and irretrievably ruined 50 years of Rudolph for me. Thanks.

    Rob ShawRob ShawIl y a 3 mois
  • Kids, will you lighten up a little?

    Darth LazurusDarth LazurusIl y a 3 mois
  • Please do Superman Red Sun. is it deep or dumb?

    shirish kirtiwarshirish kirtiwarIl y a 3 mois
  • Do the Santha and patriarchy

    Nemanja TNemanja TIl y a 3 mois
  • As a child, I pointed out the aspects of the song that the movie was based upon (or vice versa) that makes Santa and the other deers really mean. I later did the same thing when watching the animation. Each time, my dad told me again to "stop overthinking things". When I met others throughout my decades of life that they or their kids did that, they were mostly complimented for being bright. My stupid dad was socially dumbed down and wanted the same for me... as long as I got good grades and did not apply to be any kind of bright to anything outside of getting good grades. In hindsight, he was obviously a GOP/antichrist devout Christian moron and applied his brilliance only to doing mental gymnastics to see their sophistry as factual. I stopped reading The Bible because its values were totally the opposite of his Christian values and he even slapped me down for quoting Jesus to argue his points of view... made me an atheist for a very long time.

    That80sGuy1972That80sGuy1972Il y a 3 mois
  • I thought rudolf and the dentist elf ran away...

    Aaron VaughnAaron VaughnIl y a 3 mois
  • Nobody cares until everyone does

    Phil DCPhil DCIl y a 3 mois
  • Love the *”Deviation from the norm will be punished unless it is exploitable.”* Meme

    Amanda BAmanda BIl y a 3 mois
  • Rudolph is the representation of the black women's struggle from white men and women.

    s vs vIl y a 3 mois
    • uh no. you just see what you want to see

      007kingifrit007kingifritIl y a 3 mois
  • It's very Abrahamic of them to kill or xenophob those that are different unless they can find a use inturn making them slaves till they die. Christ at his best

    Shadow ReveledShadow ReveledIl y a 3 mois
  • To late, Capitalism has already done that.

    John TaylorJohn TaylorIl y a 3 mois
  • "Is it really so terrible? To be useful?" Detention Camp Governor to Pu Yi, The Last Emperor.

    lordchickenhawklordchickenhawkIl y a 3 mois
  • Also, check out "Ragin' Rudolph" on Mad TV. Shit is fucking hilarious. Its basic a holiday parody of "The Godfather".

    Ani B.Ani B.Il y a 3 mois
  • The story shows that society at large doesn't know what is actually deviant. Deviance is not having sex in a leather mask, it's refusal to wear ones during a deadly pandemic. One of these is harmful, the just gives you a wonderful sense of sexual power...🤮🙃😆🤪

    Mark MaurerMark MaurerIl y a 3 mois
  • The moral of Rudolph: deviation from the norm is punished unless it's exploitable

    Den Of WolvesDen Of WolvesIl y a 3 mois
  • Would have loved to hear Jared’s Philosophy on Jesus Christ

    Noche KnightNoche KnightIl y a 3 mois
  • Great video, but I would name it something more like "The Terrifying Philosophy that surrounds Rudolph" 😁

    Matthew ClarkeMatthew ClarkeIl y a 3 mois
  • I got some more perspective about life today, again, thanks to Wisecrack.

    Rodrigo alvarezRodrigo alvarezIl y a 3 mois
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