Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer
Had a very shiny nose,
And if you ever saw it,
You would even say it glowed.
All of the other reindeer
Used to laugh and call him names:
"Queer," "dickhead," "fruit," "fairy," "faggot," "ho-ho-homo,"
"Retard," "douche," "gay," "tranny," "pussy," "sissy boy."
They hit him and shoved him,
And spit their reindeer spit on him.
They never let poor Rudolph
Play in any reindeer games.
Rudolph was ashamed and grew very sad.
Rudolph went to the Head Elf for help.
The Head Elf was sympathetic,
But there was nothing to be done.
He told Rudolph that the other reindeer
Were just expressing their religious beliefs.
Rudolph was confused.
His religion taught how to love,
Not how to hate and hurt little reindeer.
Now Christmastown was flaunting a new kind of religion.
Rudolph wanted to pray,
But everyone told him that God hated him.
He felt alone and scared.
On TV, he saw a pretty politician lady.
As she smiled her warm smile,
She said she hated those with red-noses,
And she wanted others to hate those red-noses, as well.
This made people like her,
And that is how she got elected.
In the newspaper, he read about a mean, powerful man,
A man who hated those with red-noses so much
That he wanted to change the laws
To force everyone to think the way that he did.
He made Rudolph feel very small, very small indeed.
And even though he lived in the happiest, most joyful place on Earth,
Rudolph felt very low,
And very, very dark.
His nose stopped glowing red.
He did not know what to do.
He did not know where to turn.
He had no one to talk to.
One dark night, late, late at night,
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse,
Rudolph quietly turned on his computer.
He was not alone!
It gets better!
And, somehow, deep inside,
He was not the problem.
It was the others who had problems.
And he believed:
He was special.
His nose started to glow again
Flamboyant, fabulous, flaming red!
And he danced and he pranced about.
That is when Santa noticed him
And said, "Rudolph with your nose so bright,
Won't you guide my sleigh tonight?"
It did not matter if the reindeer loved him,
Because he loved himself.
Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer shouted out in glee,
Because he knew that he was on the right side of history.
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