'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer' Called out by Viewers for Its Bullying Scenes
1964 Classic Christmas story "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" comes under massive criticism as social media users blow hot over scenes that project bullying.
The Christmas season is upon us yet again. The time for good tidings, gifts sharing, and lots of Christmas-themed movies and TV specials being cycled non-stop on TV.
In the spirit of the holiday season, CBS in its usual tradition on Monday aired the 55 minutes long 1964 classic as one of its Christmas specials.
Although the story ended on a happy note with Rudolph being called upon to lead Santa's sleigh, the red-nosed reindeer became a laughing stock when his black nose covering which he used as a camouflage to look like the others fell off during practice.
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Rudolph, together with his unique looking friends, Hermie and Yukon Cornelius, are banished to the Island of the Misfit toys where the king again rejected them for not being misfit enough. On their return to the North Pole, Santa apologizes to Rudolph and honors him with the position of guiding his sleigh.
Viewers of this classic have taken to their social media accounts to register their displeasure at the parts of the movie that trampled on Rudolphs' insecurity.
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A twitter user, while comparing it to another holiday-themed movie, declared the video unfit for children. The user described the bullying and shaming in the film as the saddest thing ever. She wrote:
"As an adult, Rudolph is the saddest thing ever with the bullying and shaming and mean Santa. And these are children's shows? No wonder we're all messed up!"
Another Twitter user felt Santa was to be blamed for the bullying culture since he put the reindeers under pressure. He wrote:
"Ultimately, you have to blame Santa for the bullying culture at the North Pole. Santa put pressure on his reindeer, so they felt like they had to have the perfect children."
This twitter user chronicled his thoughts in a tweet, he wrote :
"... it's incredible the amount of "bullying" going on."
In 2018, a cast on the "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" reacted after Huffington Post tweeted about how problematic the movie was.
The holiday TV classic "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer" is seriously problematic. 😳 https://t.co/dOgqPF3bAP— HuffPost (@HuffPost) November 29, 2018
The voice actor who portrayed Sue in the classic told TMZ that the end of the movie resolved all the negatives, and that points out a lesson to bullies.
The "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" made its debut in 1964 on NBC. Since it's release, it has been broadcast every holiday, making it the longest-running Christmas special on TV.