Since its debut in 1964, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” has been a much-loved holiday classic. Generations of Americans have grown up with the stop-motion story about the lovable misfit who saves Christmas and becomes ‘the most famous reindeer of all.’ In fact, many of us have seen this Christmas special — the longest continuously running Christmas special in history — so many times that we don’t see it for what it is: “[E]vidence that America has really changed,” said Glenn on the show today.
“We have watched this now every single year. It is a classic. I don’t know when I started noticing but now I’m to the point where I can’t even watch it anymore,” Glenn said, adding, “We always thought as kids that Santa was happy and nice, but now as I watch this as an adult, I realize he is … a xenophobic jerk.”
Watch the clip above to get Glenn’s take on why movies like “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” would never fly in today’s ‘kinder and gentler’ society. “For anybody who says that we have not changed as a society, that we are still just as horrible as we’ve always been … I would like to offer some evidence that America has really changed since the 1960’s.”