First, let me say this: I love the Grinch. The Dr. Seuss book is magical — a perfect Christmas story — and the 1966 cartoon version is one of the greatest and most successful adaptations of a literary workÂ for TV or film ever. Seriously.
Because I love the Grinch, I hate Ron Howard’s revolting film version of the story. It’s a hideous messÂ and if there were a way I could destroy every copy of the movie I could find, I would do it. Yes,Â I know that sounds a tad… extreme, but what can I say?
AndÂ because I love the Grinch, seeing him mischaracterized in the media troubles me — and every December, writers trot out GrinchÂ as their description for every holiday evildoer. I’ve explained before (ad nauseam) that this is inaccurateÂ because the Grinch returned everything he stoleÂ back to Whoville.
Bear with me. When would you describe a thief as being like Robin Hood? Only if he turned over his booty to the poor — not if he kept the loot. Similarly, without giving back, one can not be like the Grinch.
Nevertheless, every December the Grinch gets a bad rap. A few examples:
As you might suspect, I could go on all day.
So how can you help? The next time you see Grinch misused in a news story, leave a friendly comment pointing out the error. And be nice! It’s Christmas — and you wouldn’t want to be inappropriately compared to Scrooge.