'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer' and Other Holiday Favorites Face Backlash Over Political Correctness

Playing ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’ Under Fire for ‘Bullying Message’

You may have grown up loving “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” but now the holiday classic is at the center of a political correctness battle.

The stop-motion animated movie, which was made in 1964, was watched by 8.14 million viewers when it aired on CBS again this week, according to Nielsen Media Research.

But not everyone was a fan.

“#RudolphTheRedNosedReindeer teaching kids since 1964 that your peers will only accept your differences if you can provide them with some kind of service,” went one tweet.

Another said, “Has anyone else noticed that within the first five minutes of #RudolphTheRedNosedReindeer two characters get bullied?”

In the movie, Rudolph is called names such as “fire snout.”

HuffPost shared a video highlighting some of the gripes, calling the classic “seriously problematic.”

But others say it’s political correctness gone too far. Donald Trump Jr. shared HuffPost's video with the caption: “Liberalism is a disease.”

“A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” is also under the microscope: The only black character in the holiday special sits by himself, across from everyone else.

“They give our friend the busted chair and won't even sit on the same side of the table, more proof that Charlie Brown and his cohorts are racist,” said one tweet.

But it’s not just TV specials. A Cleveland radio station has pulled the song “Baby It’s Cold Outside” in the wake of the #MeToo movement. In the song, which first featured in the 1949 film “Neptune’s Daughter,” a man encourages a woman to stay with him, even though she wants to leave.

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