‘Santa? That’s messed up!’ Backlash on Twitter over lessons in ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’

It’s a staple every year in many homes as the longest-running holiday special in television history: “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.”

In it, Rudolph is booted out of the reindeer games over his ‘blinkin’ beacon.’ He teams up with Hermey the Elf, also a misfit, along with Yukon Cornelius and even the Abominable Snow Monster heading to the Island of Misfit Toys and back.

He eventually saves Christmas thanks to his big red nose.

The moral of the story? What makes us different also makes us special.

But right after the movie aired Tuesday  night, Twitter users were quick to pick it apart, saying the story’s moments and lessons are actually pretty disturbing and sad.

Check it out:

Other reactions were actually pretty funny: