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Parent Wants 'Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown' Banned

One parent is asking the holiday classic special to be removed from the airwaves because of a 'bullying' theme. What do you think?

 

Light-hearted teasing, or cruel bullying?

One parent is speaking out online against the Halloween classic children's television show, "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown," claiming the animated favorite actually condones bullying, according to a report on WCVB.com.

The TODAY Show's Moms Blog reported this week that in a recent blog post on Babble.com, blogger DadCamp wrote that the show sends the wrong message to children because of its "continuous teasing and bullying":

"The show is riddled with the kids calling each other stupid, dumb, and blockheads," DadCamp wrote. "Charlie Brown is supposed to be the hero. Instead, he is kicked and demeaned at every turn, even by the adults giving out candy."

Bishop goes on to argue the Charlie Brown specials have nothing of value to offer today’s children; the programs are just a nostalgia trip for parents.

 

PATCH WANTS TO KNOW - Do you think the bullying in "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" is a bad message for kids? Or is this parent just going too far, and ruining a treasured Halloween pasttime? Tell us in the comments below.

 

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Susanne Brander October 29, 2012 at 11:58 PM
You've got to be kidding me, these people have way too much time on their hands. If your child becomes a bully because they watch Charlie Brown you are doing something else wrong.
Jennifer van der Kleut (Editor) October 30, 2012 at 12:05 AM
Susanne - I have to agree. When my kids and I watch this movie, I'll usually point out that the kids are being mean to Charlie Brown and we shouldn't act that way, but we own the DVD and LOVE watching this movie every year.
Evelyn Winnegar October 30, 2012 at 02:14 AM
I believe Charles Schullz more than once referred to his childhood as being a "Charlie Brown" himself, suffering insecurities and feeling less than his peers. I think the best lesson here is how he overcame --how others could relate to his feelings when they were children, and look how he turned out! If there were ever a story of complete success as an adult, this is it! His stories had happy endings, and children love to watch them over and over again. And, hopefully, always will.
Christina Umhofer October 30, 2012 at 04:20 AM
I come from the Gen-X generation that lived on the Charlie Brown specials, Road Runner, Fred Flintstone, Bugs Bunny etc... I feel that the Gen X did just fine. If you don't believe so, look south to Silicon Valley, they helped build it! Relax and allow parents to parent their own children. There is a trend to not allow our children have a childhood, this buys into that trend.
Courtney October 30, 2012 at 05:03 AM
Parents need to be parents and explain that just because it's on T.V does not mean it's true or the right way to treat people. If these parents are so concerned about there children, thet need to sit down or cuddle with them and just talk about it. Ya imagine parents physically next to there children, looking and talking to them and not emailing or texting there kids from the other room! Lol
Jennifer van der Kleut (Editor) October 30, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Courtney - I completely agree. I think children need to be shown exactly what the world is like out there, and then talk to them about it. Trying to shelter them from reality is just going to make for a harsh future for them that they're unprepared to deal with when it comes around. Thanks everyone for sharing your feelings on the subject, keep it coming!
jb October 31, 2012 at 12:38 AM
Seriously? The same people who complain about a Charlie Brown special are the same people who support trophies for every kid who plays a sport. I'm only 33 but there has been a huge shift in the way this country deals with things just since I was old enough to notice to now. What ever happened to teaching kids to stand up for themselves? Or to get something like a trophy you have to work hard and earn it? I swear this country would be much better off if we went back to the time where you weren't a victim unless an actual crime has been committed. Now days everyone is a victim and no one takes responsibility for themselves. Blaming Charlie Brown for causing bullying? Jeez, I used to think this country had its best days ahead of it but now I'm pretty sure the best days for this country have long past.
Deb Melton October 31, 2012 at 04:04 AM
that is so true. I agree with you 100%
Scott October 31, 2012 at 04:05 PM
It is a really sad world when Charlie Brown is being targeted for bullying. Sometimes people take things just a little too far. Spend some time with your kids, and teach them how to be kind to one another, don't expect the media to raise your children. Less time boycotting, more time parenting people!
Scott October 31, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Well said!
Michael Craig October 31, 2012 at 11:11 PM
The Parent that is overly concerned about Charlie Brown is a blockhead! "Of all the Charlie Browns in the world-you're the Charlie Browniest!"-quote from Lucy. Now pay us all a nickel for your insecurities because the Doctor is "Real" In!
Dpr October 31, 2012 at 11:26 PM
If your against the movie, turn off your tv. No one is forcing it to be on in your house. If your child "bullies" you into watching it, watxh it with them and talk about the parts that upset you. This really isn't an issue for censorship.
Jeni November 03, 2012 at 11:32 PM
Right on! I totally agree. Peanuts is harmless and so sweet. It's up to each parent to decide if they should show it to their child. Banned for everyone? Hello no. Each parent should decide what his/her child can watch. No different from a school junk food ban. Don't want your child eating candy at school? Then he's not allowed to. But don't ban the entire school.

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