And it wasn’t all warm and fuzzy childhood memories.
As time goes on, many viewers find the tale isn’t a charming story of a little reindeer so much as Santa Claus being an exploitative bully, as well as some less-than-jolly work conditions at the North Pole.
Here’s some of the reaction:
Now showing on @CBS - The story of a xenophobic elf who bullies a reindeer and a transient prospector who commits attempted murder against a recently-tortured (had its teeth removed by an unlicensed dentist) creature. #Rudolphpic.twitter.com/9adH5ygvNq— Tim Johnson (@SaukGuy) November 29, 2017
Someone needed to remove #Rudolph from his abusive father and don't get me started on prejudiced Santa— Melanie J (@sjando) November 29, 2017
If I was #Rudolph, I would have told Santa to fuck right off.— Lee Stewart (@PhotoshopLee) November 29, 2017
#Rudolph: “Where are my parents?”— Spooky Ghost Brian Phares (@brian_phares) November 29, 2017
Santa: “They’ve been missing for months, I’ve made no effort to find them, and here’s a list of ways that their disappearance inconveniences me.”
So wait, Santa not only hates rudolph's nose but he blames his father? He's a real piece of work #Rudolph— Melanie J (@sjando) November 29, 2017
Comet shouldn't be in coaching if he's going to turn his back on the most talented reindeer. This is a results business. #Rudolph— Robert Fedas (@RobertFedas) November 29, 2017
#Rudolph should have gone full speed and then cut the reins behind him and let that fat bastard Santa and those hateful reindeer learn what struggle is like— Full of Frap (@FullofFrap) November 29, 2017
Yearly reminder that #Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer is a parable on racism & homophobia w/ Santa as a bigoted exploitative prick.— Garytt Poirier (@Garytt) November 29, 2017
"The real moral of Rudolph's story is that some people won't like you until you have something they want or need" #RudolphTheRedNosedReindeer— LizzLocker (@Lizzs_Lockeroom) November 29, 2017
This is a terrible story for kids. Don’t be different because we’ll pick on you & ostracize you. Until we need you, then you’re okay. #RudolphTheRedNosedReindeer— ohitslaci (@missparis2010) November 29, 2017
Just once I’d like for Rudolph to answer, “Kiss my furry ass, fat-boy. Pull your own damn sleigh.” #RudolphTheRedNosedReindeer— jawillie (@jawillie) November 29, 2017
Moral: Most people are shallow jerks until they need something & nobody likes dentists #Rudolph— Alt Fed Employee (@Alt_FedEmployee) November 29, 2017