Critics attack ‘Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer’ for bullying and bigotry

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Image #: 904522 “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” the longest-running holiday special in television history, celebrates its 40th anniversary broadcast on Wednesday, December 1, 2004. CBS /Landov

When you think of “classic Christmas movies,” most people think of It’s a Wonderful Life, Home Alone, The Santa Clause, Die Hard, and many others.

One of the big holiday classics, is the 1964 film ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.’ It brings a lot of nostalgia and holiday cheer to viewers.

But some people aren’t feeling the cheer, but controversy instead.

This year the TV special is facing increased scrutiny, after the Huffington Post created a video that highlights some of the issues that people are having with the story, and posted several reactions from social media users.

Among them, they note the supposed “verbal abuse” by Donner of his son’s red nose, being critical of Santa Claus for his initial reaction to Rudolph “being different”, Hermey being laughed at and then left out by the other elves for wanting to be a dentist, and bullying from the reindeer coach by not letting Rudolph join any reindeer games.

Corinne Conley, who voiced the doll Sue, responded to the criticism in an interview with TMZ. She says anyone who is critical of the 1964 needs to recognize that the issues are all resolved by the end of the story, making a valuable lesson for those watching.

She goes on to say the story is now more relevant that ever and if they have an issue with it they “must be like Scrooge.”

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