When I explain cultural misappropriation to children, I use the example of The Nightmare Before Christmas.
It’s effective because especially for children, who don’t have enough historical context to understand much of the concept, you can still fully grasp the idea.
There was nothing wrong with Jack seeing the beauty and differences in Christmas town, it’s when he tried to take what is unique about Christmas town away from those it originally belonged to without understanding the full context of Christmas things is when everything went wrong.
When Jack tries to get the folk of Halloween town to make Christmas gifts for children, etc., children understand that the Halloween town folk do not have the full context for the objects they are making, and they are able to see that the direct repercussions and consequences are very harmful.
Yeah the Rudolph elf meme is funny, but are we really forgetting about all the other great and bizarre Christmas specials moments, like when Rankin/Bass beat DreamWorks to the idea of “Hot Jack Frost” by more than 30 years?
How about when they made a Nativity fanfic with a misfit donkey and a baby angel?
That Santa Claus started off giving toys exclusively to depressed World War I-era German children? (Did I mention he was a ginger)
We also shouldn’t gloss over the time when Rudolph teamed up with a caveman, a knight and goddamn Benjamin Franklin not to walk into a bar but to save the Baby New Year.
Really, Rudolph could fill up this entire list all by himself, considering that he also teamed up with Frosty the Snowman one time to fight thiswintery motherfucker
WHO HAS GIANT ICE DRAGONS TAKE THAT NIGHT KING
And is one of the five or six clowns who are supposed to be running winter in this universe (they were not very creative when it came to making up bad guys apparently)
And later dies in the most HORRIFYING WAY POSSIBLE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD DO NOT SHOW THIS MOVIE TO CHILDREN AGE FIVE AND UNDER
Oh, and by the way, Rudolph is also Reindeer Jesus. Look it up.