Outrage Over 'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer' Has a Star of the Special Speaking Out

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

In case you missed it, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer has come under fire after critics pointed out what they think are "disturbing" themes throughout the beloved 1964 Christmas special. Needless to say, a huge debate ignited -- with people arguing such claims are ridiculous, and others in agreement. Welp, it seems a certain star of the holiday movie heard all outrage and is throwing in her two cents. Corinne Conley is addressing the Rudolph backlash, and it's safe to say the actress isn't siding with those angered by the "disturbing" themes.

  • Corinne, who voiced Dolly, a rag doll sent to the Island of Misfit Toys, thinks Rudolph is relevant now more than ever.

    Sue Doll in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

    Dolly has been a center of controversy as many people can't understand why she was seemingly exiled to the Island of Misfit Toys when she looked perfectly fine.

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  • "There is so much bullying going on [now], and it's all reconciled in Rudolph," she tells TMZ.

    "And surely people wouldn't love it so much if it left a resonance of bullying. It wouldn't be so indelible on people's hearts," she adds in her exclusive interview with the outlet about the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer backlash.

    "Believe me, I've got to tell you, having been in it -- and having a list of credits over the last 60 years -- people read my credits and say, 'oh, you were in Rudolph,'' and they start to cry. Now I don't think they're associating Rudloph the Red-Nosed Reindeer with bullying -- or at least bullying that hasn't been reconciled.

    There is quite a bit of bullying going on quite now, at this time. So perhaps we're all getting a little more sensitive to it, but that's good. I don't think by getting sensitive to bullying, that you want to copy it -- you want to get rid of it. And certainly in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, everyone is reconciled happily with the end of the movie. And let's hope, in today's society, that the things that people are bullying about can also be rectified. And I don't think people are tempted to bully so much if they watch nice, warm-hearted shows, like Rudolph. I hope they don't watch it. But, if they do, they might learn a lesson.

    I can't imagine if you're a hater ... you take the opposite view of the film. That I can't imagine."

  • "I can't imagine if you're a hater ... you take the opposite view of the film. That I can't imagine," she adds.

    Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

    "But if they're people like that, no, I hope they're not watching. I just can't imagine it affecting anyone in a negative way. They much be like Scrooge -- tell them to watch Scrooge."

  • Bottom line: If Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer works for you, watch it. And if it doesn't, change the channel.

    There are tons of Christmas movies to enjoy -- including an endless number of Hallmark movies -- should this TV special no longer work for you.

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