Since 1964, the film “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” has graced families’ television screens every year during the holidays.

The made-for-TV movie, directed by Larry Roemer, tells the heartwarming tale of a misfit Reindeer who becomes a hero when he helps save Christmas.

But not everyone believes the children’s classic is so innocent. According to some critics, the animated movie is “seriously problematic.”

A video by Huffington Post outlining some critics’ main points has now gone viral on Twitter. One critic tweeted:

Yearly reminder that #Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer is a parable for racism & homophobia w/ Santa as a bigoted exploitative p***k.

Some viewers are also bothered by Rudolph’s father, Donner, and claim he is verbally abusive to his son.

He also forbids his wife from going to look for Rudolph when he’s missing, stating that it’s “man’s work.”

But the main critique of the films appears to be the constant ridicule Rudolph faces for being different and the fact that he’s only praised when his red nose is useful.

According to Huffington Post, one critic tweeted:

Speaking of Rudolph, your yearly reminder … “Deviation from the norm will be punished unless it’s exploitable.”

The film isn’t the only Christmas classic facing scrutiny.

Recently, Frank Loesser’s song “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” was yanked from a Cleveland radio station after listeners deemed it “inappropriate,” Dearly reported.

Some believed that the song “pushed the lines of consent,” with lyrics such as:

Say, what’s in this drink? 

Now, some social media users are fed up and claim that others are being too sensitive in regards to the decades-old Christmas classics. One Twitter user wrote:

Rant time: the fact that people are making arguments about Baby It’s Cold Outside being inappropriate and Rudolph depicting a child that is verbally abused by his father is absolutely ridiculous.

Do you think “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” is problematic? Let us know in the comments.

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49 Replies to “Another Christmas Classic Is Under Fire — ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’ Has Been Deemed ‘Problematic’”

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    Beyond ridiculous…people want to read into any tradition whatever entitled (yes, I said that!) stupid “victim” meme they want to these days. Don’t like it-don’t watch. Better yet, go to some country where the celebration of Christmas or any Christian holiday is punished by beheading….that should make them feel at home!

    • Kim 2 years ago

      100% agreed! Anything that has to do with Christianity they wont to destroy. This Christian says go to HE**

      • Tim 2 years ago

        Christianity spends 2000 years destroying traditions, committing genocide, or stealing pegan holidays (like you know, Christmas), and all they can do now is whine about their traditions. Christians traditions are stolen anyways.

        • Robin 2 years ago

          This isn’t a Christianity argument. The people complaining aren’t complaining because these particular picky things have anything to do with Christ or Christmas. They are choosing to go back and rewrite things in today’s context that have very little to do with the context of days gone by when they were originally created.

          There are even words that decades ago meant something totally different than what they mean today, but because someone decided to use them as something derogatory, they won’t ever be part of the innocent collective word usage again.

          Feminazis and other groups who seem to have nothing better to do with their time than to destroy innocent childhood memories for some and take them away from current and future generations can go copulate themselves.

        • Anonymous 2 years ago

          Did you forget your meds today?

      • Linda Hileman 2 years ago

        Sorry, but Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer is NOT ABOUT CHRISTIANITY. Period. If you want to watch a video about the actual meaning of Christmas, this is NOT IT. Try A Charlie Brown Christmas… better yet, read the Bible.

    • D Laurier 2 years ago

      There is no country where the celebration of christmas is punished by beheading… or punished at all for that matter.
      The issue that that some christians are being “offended” by a song and a movie, because the song and movie reflect life before blithering idiocy became the standard.
      These are the same people who throw a hissy fit if I say “Blessed Yule” instead of snarling “Merry Christmas” at them.
      These are the same christians who refuse to follow the Passage “Whatsoever thou doest unto these least, thou also doest unto me”. Dismissing it as “liberals messing with their bibles”.
      The same christians who think the poor should starve, and the rich are somehow morally superior.

      • danzig 2 years ago

        go to North Korea, Iraq or Afghanistan and put up some Christmas lights, and tell me how that goes LOL.. you live in a bubble apparently.

      • Marianne Collier 2 years ago

        I’m so sick of everyone being offended by EVERYTHING!!!
        I’M offended by you picking thru “my cherished childhood memories”! So, now YOU MUST stop the picking so that I’M NOT offended anymore!
        Or is it to get YOUR 15 min of fame???

      • Lynn Thompson 2 years ago

        The Christians I know are always doing for others: missioning in poor countries around the world, giving enormous amounts of money and their time to those setting up churches in the most intolerant countries so that they may practice religion freely, building homes and schools for those who have none, sending children toys, school supplies, and essentials to make their lives richer, providing fresh water to those with none . . . and the list is endless. Please don’t make Christians out to be bad people to suit your playbook; we are kind, loving, and giving to all of humanity, even to those who believe otherwise. There are always outliers who give Christians a bad name. Give the true ones a chance to change your heart. <3

  • Kim 2 years ago

    Baby Its Cold Outside and Rudolph are very detrimental to our kids? HA!!….but the vulgar language, violence, drugs and abuse in our kids songs, tv shows and games are sooooo much better! OMG!!! Start looking into whats being made and out out there TODAY and not 50 years ago! Get a clue or shut up and go away!

    • Maeda E Krizmencic 2 years ago

      WELL SAID!!!

    • Anonymous 2 years ago

      You are 100% right!!!

    • Marianne Collier 2 years ago

      OMG! Thank you Kim!!!!
      Definitely the garbage around “nowadays” is SO MUCH WORSE! They are truly offensive, & yes detrimental to our children as well as their parents, all of us in the end.
      & I ask forgiveness now….But as my heart hurts for all of the pain, disgrace, & MUCH MORE does it cause God to cry!

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    Seriously??!! These shows and songs were created at a more innocent time in our nation’s history. They never considered they to be controversial. They probably used Rudolph as a lesson in not bullying someone. I agree with the message above that the language and violence in ALL of the music and programs that our children watch now have a much more serious effect on them.

    • Maeda E Krizmencic 2 years ago

      Just goes to show you how horrible our world has become. When people start getting all butthurt over Christmas songs, something is TERRIBLY wrong with those people! We have created these young, butthurt monsters, now we have to fix things and show them the real world, where hard work and tough guts preside!

    • Anonymous 2 years ago

      Well put, I’m so happy I was raised with these Classics. And next weekend when my Grandkids come to visit we will be watching Rudolph the red nose reindeer. I love the message it teaches the kids.

  • Regina Thomas 2 years ago

    You got to be kidding me??!! Now we attacking long time xmas songs and kiddie shows claiming sexual, homophobic, abusive intent, racisim etc.?? How bout jail and sentence (like was done to Bill Cosby) all the child molesting priests, CBS Execs. Who was accused of sexual assaults and rape AND lets not forget our President Donald Trump!!! Oh but let me guess, there isn’t enough of “evidence?”

    • Maeda E Krizmencic 2 years ago

      I respect your opinions, but President Trump has NOTHING to do with this. This CRAP started even before Osama, when racism, which was nicely dying, started rearing it’s ugly head again. It’s not Trump’s fault because all the racial crap happened before he was voted into office. YOUNG AMERICANS revived the race problem by rioting over things they don’t even understand.

      • Carol Brandt 2 years ago


      • Anonymous 2 years ago

        I agree that young people have taken things to a new low!
        However, in reference to Trump (Not my president), I believe what was being said was the affairs & blatant disrespect of all the women he abused — including the wives in the past as well as the present one. We’ve seen it w our own 2 eyes, but no one wants to take action. Why???

  • Jon Hendricks 2 years ago

    Get a Life and leave Rudolph alone…

  • Ev 2 years ago

    It is time for some of these people to either go back to their own countries or start to grow up. Whatever happened to freedom of speech. It seems like only foreign people or young people are allowed this freedom everyone else doesn’t. Let’s just let other people have their own opinion and you can have yours but stop making other people follow yours. I liked Baby Its Cold Outside and I think the radio station in Cleveland was wrong in caving in.

    • D Laurier 2 years ago

      I agree.
      Send the white man back to england.
      He, and his dead god on a stick, need to go home.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago


  • Rosalyn Goidman. 2 years ago

    This is totally ridiculous! Some people should get a life. There is nothing wrong with the song or the film. Shame on the people who thinks their opinion is the only one that counts. Also, a radio station bowing to their demands is disgsting. Although I then heard tthey changed their minds about the song. Some people have lost common sense.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    Absolutely ridiculous — everyone is worried about all these so called meanings in the Christmas classics what about looking at many songs that are written today that are only about sex – and this is what our kids listen to and then we wonder why it starts at such a young age

  • Luke Koerner 2 years ago

    Wow! This is an example of the stupidty of the human race at it’s finest!

  • Tiffany 2 years ago

    How crazy how many older Christmas stuff people are trying to take away.
    Stop it already.

  • Denny 2 years ago

    To the people that are saying this, it’s so simple an invincible could figure it out, so you should have no problem… if these cartons bother you, don’t watch them! Just leave them alone so the rest of us may enjoy them.

  • Bookdivasu 2 years ago

    “Rudolph” is a teachable moment- when you are bullied, persevere. Find friends who will support you and keep working to make your dream come true.

  • Aixas Reyes 2 years ago

    I cannot believe what this world has come to traditional things we were raised to from our childhood to see and enjoy as a family is beyond me everything now is politically correct everyone gets offended, everything now is either show of transgender, gays, or lesbian but that for people is ok the good family series no longer exist, I can go on forever children nowadays are disrespectful, and the list goes on, but as the cartoon Rudolph, or Santa etc, please continue to air don’t buckle down to people yes peoples stupidity and ignorance.

  • Kim 2 years ago

    Hey, not one person forces these people to listen to or watch. What happened to having enough common sense to turn it off or switch the channel?

  • MariaRose 2 years ago

    Another PC criticism just to make noise, if the song and story is so offensive to you, don’t listen or read the words. This is how books and songs get on the “forbidden “ list because someone is offended for some reason. Please get a life.

  • Linda Hileman 2 years ago

    Sorry, but Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer is NOT ABOUT CHRISTIANITY. Period. If you want to watch a video about the actual meaning of Christmas, this is NOT IT. Try A Charlie Brown Christmas… better yet, read the Bible.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    Clearly this political correctness has gotten so far out of control as to be beyond ridiculous. Are things like this all people have to concern themselves with?? Good God , get a life people!!

  • Alene Ray 2 years ago

    If we are going to scrutinize every classic we will not have much to watch! It was in those times of the movie, many movies only depict male dancers should we get rid of those too? Charlie Brown we never see the teacher is anyone complaining about that or that linus is smelly all the time
    Move on people!!!!

  • Laura kirk 2 years ago

    no i do not think so because at the end of the movie everyone is excepted for their differences and even celebrated for them. even the part where his dad is telling his mom to stay well he goes out and looks for their son.there is nothing wrong with that someone has to stay home. in case he comes back. when you have to go into the wilderness in a storm its usually men are better in the wilderness some women don’t like going into wilderness at night time. talking about the abusive part of his father. all he was trying to do was get his son excepted he wanted to make his son have a normal childhood so he was trying to hide sons nose from the other kids so he wouldn’t get teased maybe it was misguided but no one is perfected we all make mistakes so we need to stop painting the picture. we as parents always try to do what is best for our children.

  • K 2 years ago

    Political talk has gone way overboard. Clearly some people don’t have enough to do! Get a life, volunteer, do some good!

  • Khalene 2 years ago

    People are being ridiculous!!! We let the tell we couldn’t say”MERRY CHRISTMAS!” And are supposed to say “happy holidays” ? which is total bs! We should have never let that happen! MERRY CHRISTMAS, BABY ITS COLD OUTSIDE, RUDOLPH IS A TRUE HERO!!!! These are things that will ALWAYS BE IN MY HOME!!!!

  • Danielle 2 years ago

    This is insane!! Everyone is always looking for a way to tear down the joys of things!! This is a classic, so is Charlie Brown that they made a big deal over!! The way I see it these were around before the critical asses of the world!! And look we all survived it!! Get real and let’s work on real world issues not children’s classics!!

  • Sierra 2 years ago

    Thank God we have enough offensive crap made today for us to watch and not bat an eye over. Like has anyone listened and watched some of the stuff made today? No one says a thing about main stream music that demoralizes women today.

  • Jessica Beyer 2 years ago

    I think that all of this is just ridiculous. anyone that thinks that anyone of these classic are offensive are just absolutely ridiculous and need to put on their big girl/boy panties on and stop being a bunch of whinny ass crybabies.

  • Marianne Collier 2 years ago

    I’m so sick of everyone being offended by EVERYTHING!!!
    I’M offended by you picking thru “my cherished childhood memories”! So, now YOU MUST stop the picking so that I’M NOT offended anymore!
    Or is it to get YOUR 15 min of fame?

  • Lynn Thompson 2 years ago

    Getting more unhinged by the day. Always trying to divide and conquer. Do some real journalistic reporting, Huffington Post!!! This nonsense is getting way too much attention!

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    After reading all the comments on this issue I think this goes to show whats wrong with people today..I can remember a time not so long ago when people could voice their opinions without getting slammed. There just opinions, not senate votes!!

  • Amber 2 years ago

    My opinion is pull ur head out of ur ass and stop ruining things for other people

  • Concerned 2 years ago

    Little Drummer Boy was a favorite in my home and was taken off the air. Too Christian????
    It seems that it is only politically correct to bash Christianity or Trump…..everything else is offensive

  • Zane 2 years ago

    1) This movie was made in the 70’s. The references to ‘man’s work’, and the apparent dominance of the father as the head of the family, were all part of the times. 2) Yes, this movie is meant to be amusing and somewhat educational for children, but thought-provoking for adults. As a child watching this, I knew it was an anti-bullying message, and I loved it. To say this movie is homophobic and bad for children is like saying To Kill A Mockingbird should be banned for racism. The message is pro-diversity, and anti-discriminatory. As an adult, it must be understood that many children’s stories had much larger and less innocent themes. Yertle the Turtle was a metaphor for communism and the pain of the working class. The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe was a parable for Christianity (As was The Hobbit. C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien had a personal competition of who could make the better story with a Christian metaphor in it. Lewis won.) 3) There’s an important mistake in here: Rudolph and the others WERE accepted before they became useful. It was a short amount of time, but Rudolph’s parents apologized, and Santa promised to find homes for all the misfit toys. He bore no hatred for them, even though it meant more work for him. This isn’t a story that can be completely understood at first glance, and I’m sick of others jumping to conclusions and others joining in without verification.

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