Sunday, November 25, 2012

Charlie Brown And The Controversy Surrounding Him

Who doesn't love Charlie Brown?  And who doesn't want to punch the idiot that wants him banned from TV for bullying in The Great Pumpkin? 

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

You can't make him an underdog to cheer for without giving him a mountain to climb.

Charlie Brown is clean, wholesome entertainment, he has been around for decades, and he is an icon that every family looks forward to for years with every seasonal holiday.  (we own all the DVDs)  He may get the short end of the stick, but he always comes out on top and I think rather than focusing on the "blockhead" comments, we should commend his perseverance of spirit.

It teaches kids to stay true to themselves, to turn the other cheek rather than shooting up a school.

So outside of that idiot, here comes Christmas and my favorite Charlie Brown show.  In it there is a quote from the Bible in a monologue by Linus (lights please):

"And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.  And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.  And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.  And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.  And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men."  

(Luke 2:8-14)

I gave up religion years ago, but I'm always moved by this scene.  The commitment to the meaning of Christmas by a small child and his ability to portray that without ridicule by others is amazing. But of course, it's religious and now some idiot wants that show removed as well.

Well, kiss my Great Pumpkin! And you know where to shove your "big shiny aluminum tree"!

I love Charlie Brown and I think that someone somewhere has to complain about something controversial just to get their fifteen minutes of fame!

I, for one, will be front and center in the living room when it airs this year (even though we own it) with a hot chocolate and popcorn.  AND I'm sure I'll pop the DVD in as well, often enough.

So to all those people who want to ruin my Christmas season, I'll persevere just like Charlie Brown and other than getting me a little riled, you won't make our Christmas any less special.  

Go watch your Twilight videos and justify them to your kids.  

By the way, Frosty is bullied when they try to melt him, The Heatmeiser is not very nice and the Abominable Snowman tried to eat Rudolf, but I haven't heard complaints there, so why don't you just shut up and try to help the homeless, or the deficit, or something that really matters...


  1. Preach it, Sister. Long live Charlie Brown!

    1. Makes me c-r-a-z-y! And I hate the changing of Christmas to Holiday, but to try and ban Charlie Brown?!? Ugh!


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