The classic stop motion movie “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” aired on TV last night and viewers were pretty disturbed by some themes they saw running throughout the movie. Bullying was the big theme, with people commenting that many characters are bullied within the first couple minutes of the movie.
Has anyone else noticed that within the first five minutes of #RudolphTheRedNosedReindeer two characters get bullied?
— Dr. Daryl L Williams (@revdaryl) November 28, 2018
Oh no. It’s #RudolphTheRedNosedReindeer I don’t have strength to watch this again. Those poor elves. That bully with the whip. Abusive deer. Dentist shaming. Unloved toys. It’s too much.
— MJ Caan (@MJCaan) November 28, 2018
Watching the traditional American cinematic allegory about a set of dysmorphic, gender-queer heroes fighting against convention to carve their place within a hetero-centric, patriarchal, totalitarian state. Gripping. #RudolphTheRedNosedReindeer pic.twitter.com/e84g6Mbma0
— Colleen Brennan-Barry (@ColB) November 28, 2018
— Sara Veldhuizen Stealy (@saradawn226) November 28, 2018
Released in 1964, Rudolph has been a beloved Christmas classic for decades. People scrutinizing the film need to realize that you can’t compare something from fifty years ago to today’s standards – if we keep doing that, we won’t have ANY classic entertainment to enjoy.