Much of The Real St. Nick takes place in a psychiatric institution…
Part of the time, I feel like they make the jokes on people who mistreat folks with mental illnesses.
But a lot of the time it seems as though the jokes they make are ON/ABOUT the patients and folks with mental illnesses…or at least about the illnesses themselves.
In A Bride For Christmas, they constantly play on the “she’s not like other girls; she’s the cool girl” meme. After all, she “watches horror instead of romances and eats burgers instead of Thai!” Clearly, she’s awesome while all those other girls (read most girls) like gross girly stuff!
In The Sons of Mistletoe, as with sooo many other [Christmas] films, the fat kid is constantly talking about food as if his whole identity revolves around it and/or eating it.
There are many things I love about Love at the Thanksgiving Day Parade, but one thing I don’t is that the people who made it seemed to have forgotten that POC exist in Chicago.
Of course, most of the made for TV Christmas films on this time of year are 99.9% white, so it isn’t shocking—sad, but not shocking.
In Mistletoe Over Manhattan, Mrs. Claus seems to imply that it’s okay to discriminate against people if they’re homeless.
In Eve’s Christmas, Eve laments not being able to eat what she wants because it would make her fat and is amazed that her friend stayed thin.
I want to reblog this one with something I should have added before…the character who says this is played by an actress who has spoken about her own disordered eating. I can’t help but feel sorry for her for getting lines like this.
In Christmas Song, two of the teachers engage in very ‘slut’ shaming talk about a student, insisting that because she’s a “party girl” and the “girl voted most likely to…”, she can’t possibly be worth a shot at a school event.
In Meet The Santas, not only does the mother constantly pick on her daughter’s weight, no one seems to think the daughter knows her own mind or has the ability to make her own choices.
In Holiday Engagement, the main character is excited that she finally has a man to take home so her mother won’t preach to her about how “she’s going to be a lesbian or a spinster” or both.