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Las Vegans weigh in on controversy surrounding holiday classics

Posted at 11:26 PM, Dec 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-06 09:21:48-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — You may have heard that once beloved holiday films and songs have been coming under fire. The latest controversy surrounds the 1964 film, "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer."

The film is sparking a debate about bullying and bigotry.

13 Action News is sharing your opinions about whether in some cases our culture is becoming too sensitive.

"We love to give back and we like to keep our family traditions," said Bobbie Cobell.

The film is one of those traditions.

"This classic cartoon has been going on for forty years and it's a clay figure," said Cobell. "I love it!"

The controversy appears to have started after the HuffPost tweeted a video titled "Rudolph the Marginalized Reindeer."

In the video, they pointed out some potentially troubling scenes. As you remember, Rudolph is mocked for his red nose before he saves the day by using his nose to guide Santa through poor weather.

"I think it's being taken too seriously," said Kim Fruehan. "I think we ought to get back to the spirit of Christmas and just enjoy the holidays and not be so critical of everything."

But one song many radio stations are now critical of is "Baby, It's Cold Outside." In the era of #MeToo, they have pulled the plug on this classic.

"I mean it's very coercive," said Daniele Dreitzer, executive director of The Rape Crisis Center. "There's talk about you know, what's in this drink, which kind of condones drug-facilitated sexual assault."

Dreitzer says the mission of her organization is preventing such incidents. She says movies and music are a reflection of popular culture and our values.

"It's a great conversation to have," Dreitzer said, "why don't we play that song anymore."