'Rudolph' Actor Speaks out After Leftists Target Holiday Classic
Around the end of November, CBS aired a beloved holiday special on television. While some look forward, with fond memories, to watching it each year, others had a different take on it, particularly this year.
The 1964 #Christmas classic holiday special #RudolphTheRedNosedReindeer airs tonight on CBS at 8 PM ET. 🎄 pic.twitter.com/riLKKub3me
— Silver Age TV 📺 (@SilverAgeTV) November 27, 2018
In fact, the left went wild with criticism over the story of acceptance, making charges of things such as bullying and bigotry. For some, such reactions over pretty much everything nowadays is why we can’t have anything nice anymore.
So many snowflakes complaining about #RudolphTheRedNosedReindeer. It shows you how backwards people have gotten. They can’t even enjoy an old Christmas cartoon without shrieking. Wussification continues.
— Wiz Kid (@footballwizkid) November 28, 2018
Now, an actor who voiced one of the characters from the TV special has spoken out after the left attacked the holiday classic. TMZ spoke to Corinne Conley, who was the voice of “The Dolly for Sue.”
One of the great mysteries of modern times: What is wrong with the dolly on the Island of Misfit Toys?? Why is she a misfit?? #RudolphTheRedNosedReindeer pic.twitter.com/xCA0TLVYYr
— Ellen O’Neill (@MaPeel) November 28, 2018
The doll was on the Island of Misfit toys because like the rest of them, she was different, too. She was missing a nose.
The actor who voiced the doll, Conley, specifically addressed the topic of bullying. It was a “problem” with the tale that was pointed out often on social media.
Has anyone else noticed that within the first five minutes of #RudolphTheRedNosedReindeer two characters get bullied?
— Dr. Daryl L Williams (@revdaryl) November 28, 2018
Conley defended the message of the “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” story. She also pointed out how relevant the moral of the story is in today’s society.
“I would say it’s more relevant now than ever, because there is so much bullying going on. But it’s all reconciled in ‘Rudolph.'”
“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.”
Conley noted that even with 60 years of credits to her name, when people find out she was part of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” it is that credit that stands out to them the most, and in a tender way. To her, that is a clear sign that the holiday story is very much a treasured tale.
She added that now, more than ever, the message from the story is relevant. “There is quite a bit of bullying that is going on now, at this time.”
“And 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.”
“I don’t think people are tempted to bully so much if they watch nice, warm-hearted shows like ‘Rudolph.'” She added, “If they do (watch it), they might learn a lesson.”
Conley also had a message for the haters. “I just can’t imagine it affecting anyone in a negative way. They must be like Scrooge. Tell them to watch ‘Scrooge.'”
Score one more point for common sense. Merry Christmas, leftists!
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