Rudolph

(Meredith) – Some critics of the 1964 classic “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" are accusing the beloved holiday film of promoting bullying and bigotry.

As you may remember, the movie tells the tale of a young buck who is teased mercilessly for having a bright red nose. He eventually saves the day, of course, and goes on to be Santa’s lead reindeer.

Despite its seemingly happy ending, the Huffington Post shared a video last week that featured tweets from critics explaining why the movie may be “seriously problematic.” 

The video notes one instance in the film where Rudolph's father "verbally abuses him." A critic later calls the father of Rudolph's crush, Clarice, a "bigot" for not allowing his daughter to hang out with a red-nosed reindeer.

Some Twitter users made similar observations. 

"Santa let them bully Rudolph and joined in the shaming until his freak disability became useful," one person tweeted.

"I've never liked it. The coach is a bully, Santa is a bully, and all the other "kids". Then the ONLY reason they accepted him is because he could do something for them. Crazy message," wrote another user.

Corrine Conley, who voiced "Dolly for Sue" in the TV special, fired back on Sunday:

"Certainly in 'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Red Deer' everyone is reconciled happily at the end of the movie," she told TMZ. "And let's hope in today's society the things people are bullying about can also be rectified."

Fans also defended the movie for having a positive message:

"I love the Rudolph cartoon," wrote one Twitter user. "Having been a victim of bullying myself it makes me happy to see him rise above the bullying and he prevails in the end. The moral of the story is that you can prove those who mock you wrong big time."

Meanwhile, Donald Trump Jr. retweeted the video and pointed the finger at liberalism. 

The Huffington Post later published an article with social media reactions to the film, saying some critiques were just "humorous observations."

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