Some viewers notice 'disturbing' themes in the holiday special ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’
Viewers of the classic Christmas hit, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” took to Twitter to express how disturbed they were of some of the scenes shown.
The show has long been considered as a classic holiday special. Many American families spend quality time in front of the television to watch this 30-minute show.
This year, many viewers have deemed some characters and scenes as “disturbing,” according to reports.
Viewers took to Twitter to criticize their favorite Christmas film since it first aired in 1964.
The animated classic follows Rudolph, the most popular of Santa Claus’ reindeer, who is treated as an outcast. By the end of the TV special, he ends up saving the day.
On November 27, viewers watched their favorite childhood show and questioned the “disturbing” themes that were featured in it.
During the show, Rudolph was deemed unworthy by the other to join reindeer games because of his “blinkin’ beacon.”
Donner just told Rudolph that self respect was more important than his son breathing. Somebody call the cops to their cave immediately #Rudolph— Lamont Price (@LPizzle) November 28, 2018
He eventually heads to the Island of Misfit Toys with Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius, and the Abominable Snow Monster.
By the time they get back, Rudolph was able to save Christmas with the help of his big, red nose.
In the end, the 30-minute special’s moral is that whatever makes us different from everybody else is the very thing that makes us unique and special.
In fact, one user, Red Soxtober, wrote, “#RudolphTheRedNosedReindeer teaching kids since 1964 that your peers will only accept your differences if you can provide them with some kind of service.”
A lot of other Twitter users weighed in about the show. Although some said the show was no longer fit for children, in the end, it’s still up to the parents to decide if the scenes are appropriate for their children to watch.
And speaking of #RudolphTheRedNosedReindeer, what the ultimate bully comeback. Those reindeer and their games.. very, very mean. We know Rudolph saves the day in the end, but it hurts to watch. Little, dear Rudolph. pic.twitter.com/QDbewGH5Vi— Kelly Morales (@RealKellyJones) November 28, 2018
Meanwhile, the Thanksgiving special from ABC, “Charlie Brown Thanksgiving,” was also heavily criticized by viewers.
They claimed that the show was racist for making Franklin – the only black character on the show – sit on his own on one side of the table while the white characters - Peppermint Patty, Charlie Brown, and Sally – and even Snoopy are seated together on the other side.