Critics Claim Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer Is Problematic Because Santa "Bullied" Him
As the holiday season approaches, we find ourselves digging out our faveorite Christmas sweaters, buying gifts for our loved ones, and watching some of our faveorite classic Christmas movies.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, arguably one of the most iconic Christmas movies, has apparently been sparking controversy, with some claiming the plot is so problematic it should be banned.
Critics have been vocal about what many call a “problematic” plotline, claiming that Rudolph was bullied by Santa and the rest of the reindeer because of Rudolph’s bright red nose.
This all changed, however, when Santa realized he would need Rudolph’s help in order to distribute gifts to children around the world in time for Christmas. This, some say, undermines the awful treatment Rudolph had previously endured from his peers.
The debate has since sparked a huge conversation on social media, with many saying that the movie is just an innocent Christmas movie that should not be taken so seriously.
Celebrities have since also weighed in in the conversation, with John Melaney discussing his own opinion with Jimmy Fallon this week.
“First off, you don’t just erase the abuse,” Melaney said. “Secondly, ‘You’ll go down in history’, that’s a claim. And fame and love, I hate to say it, but fame is not love,” he added jokingly.
The ladies of the View, however, seem to all disagree with the critics.
“People accused Santa of being a bully. Don’t they know the song?” Whoopi Goldberg says before she starts telling the infamous song.
“Where is the problem?” she asked the audience. “He’s a kid that nobody believed in and suddenly they realized he is special, he is who he is for a reason. And he becomes the hero. Where’s the problem?”
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