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TELL US: Does Charlie Brown's 'Great Pumpkin' Condone Bullying?

One parent is asking the holiday classic special to be removed from the airwaves because of a "bullying" theme. Do you agree?

Maybe there isn't sincerity as far as the eye can see. 

One parent is speaking out online against the Halloween classic program, "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown," claiming the animated favorite actually condones bullying in an age where such an act is taken seriously in school systems nationwide, 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, save a sense of nostalgia for most parents.

But what do you think? Does "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" send the wrong message and condone bullying? Or is the claim taking an extreme aim at a children's classic? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Janet Sroczynski October 26, 2012 at 03:28 PM
This is one of my all time favorites. Go Charlie Brown! If you do not like the book on the shelf, choose another one.
Matt Perkins (Editor) October 26, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Thanks Janet! The same notion was thrown against Rudolph last year, as well (see here: http://huff.to/slT1zN). I'm wondering if other classics will be looked at this way!
Mark McKay October 26, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Sadly, this is a result of society leaning towards Liberalism these days. I don't condone bullying, of course. The parents don't have to let the kids watch it if they choose, but don't make everyone's kids suffer for your ethics.
Mark McKay October 26, 2012 at 03:48 PM
No one can be any better or worse in today's Liberal sociesty. Now, everyone stand in line and get the exact same trophy, win or lose.
Abe Froman October 26, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Good Grief! Charlie Brown is a cartoon…a tradition reflective of a simpler time. Yes Charlie Brown is the hero....and yes he is called names and given coal as a treat. But the character of Charlie Brown represents every kid who feels like the comos is working against him…a kid who can't seem to get anything right, who rarely has anything going his way. You know kind of like most every kid feel at some point during their youth. It's his reactions and demeanor which make the program entertaining and the character both endearing and enduring. This isn't a kid being bullied...this is an animated, exaggerated snapshot of a kid growing up. Protect your children....don't shield them to the point of ridiculousness. At what age is it appropriate for a child to know that everything that they see on TV, in a movie, video game or computer screen isn't perfect? People don't always say or do the right thing. That doesn't mean anyone is encouraging anybody to mimic the negative behavior. I think it's pretty clear that Charles Schulz wasn't encouraging anyone to treat anyone else like the world treats Charlie Brown. If you don't get that or you can't begin to convey that message to your children, you have bigger problems than traditional holiday cartoon specials.
Darren Major October 26, 2012 at 04:00 PM
The book and cartoon are classic - Leave it alone!
Janice Ruza October 26, 2012 at 05:33 PM
I consider myself liberal but this is ridiculous...children are shielded and sheltered too much these days. If the notion is that the book/movie condones bullying then a discussion can be conducted about how Charlie Brown felt being called a blockhead, etc. If your child becomes a bully or celebrates bullies if's because of parenting not a cartoon. By the way "I got a rock".
Ken Tenglin October 26, 2012 at 06:08 PM
If you think "The great Pumpkin" should be banned from being shown, you deserve a rock.
deb of see-attleboro October 26, 2012 at 06:13 PM
This classic, IMO, is the only thing good about Halloween. Charlie Brown is a survivor.
Bob Havey October 26, 2012 at 06:39 PM
The most disturbing thing about the question is that it even needs to be asked. Good grief, Charlie Brown!
Sinclair October 26, 2012 at 07:38 PM
It's censorship that's most disturbing.
Christina Pedersen October 26, 2012 at 07:52 PM
LOVE what Abe said above...........Amen to that!!! Leave our traditions alone and grow up
Steve C October 26, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Are they also going to burn the books that have bullying in them? I think Hitler would be proud of whoever came up with the notion that Charlie Brown stories promote bullying. Maybe a little supervision and better parenting skills would be a better course of action to prevent bullying.
Emcee of Seekonk October 26, 2012 at 09:11 PM
At the time this Charlie Brown was created, a hero and a bully were constant themes in literature or comics. Superman, Spiderman, etc. all represented good. The bad guy/gal or villain represented evil. Without a bully or bad actor, there can be no Superman to settle the score. Kids love this kind of stuff... or did back in the day. What are we trying to do to ourselves?
I love Charlie Brown October 27, 2012 at 01:32 AM
It's sad to see that folks have nothing better to create all sorts of issues with everything!!!!! I consider myself more liberal, but please enough is enough!!!!! If I do not like a certain program, I change the channel. Let's sit back and enjoy the Great pumpkin. As someone else said, it's from a more simpler time. The world can indeed be a cruel place, but Charlie Brown is brave enough to continue striving. Let not fool ourselves and lie to our children that it is all peaches and roses. Prepare them for life.
Shee G October 27, 2012 at 02:08 AM
Oh yes, how about SHREK and his Donkey and THEIR ANTICS! This is such a joke, use your hearts and allow your children to use theirs! "Cinderella" was picked on! We ask and beg for War sculptures to come down in places and ONE parent or Child makes a School complaint for something of honor for many YEARS or more and low and behold THEY ARE HEARD and it's removed and they're TEASED! Who brought that on for them? I wonder.... How about Snow White, those dwarfs were not very nice were they? And WIZARD OF OZ! Mercy those flying Monkeys were Scary and badgered them over and over.... Don't forget the GAMES they or CHILDREN 'S friends Play when you are not around 24/7. Enough to ponder on for Starters! People want to be known so bad and will go all lengths for attention! Shame on them! PEACE!
Christine October 27, 2012 at 11:54 AM
I think that sharing a classic like Charlie Brown with your kids is a fun and memorable experience for both the parent and the child. And if a parent is concerned that their child will get the message from it that bullying is ok, then that parent should watch the cartoon with their child and use it as an opportunity to have a discussion about bullying and how we should treat our friends and neighbors. Parents should parent their own children. Television is for entertainment. Stop expecting tv to teach your kids lessons. P.s. I think that some people may be missing the point of Charlie Brown. He is the hero, and even though he is ridiculed and picked on, we still root for him because he still is optimistic and perserverent. Charlie Brown teaches our kids empathy.
Marc Theriault October 27, 2012 at 01:18 PM
Charlie Brown and the other tales mentioned above fall under the following G. K. Chesterton quote - "Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed." Without these stories being readily accessible, the bullies grow up thinking their behavior is condoned and that they are the victors, while leaving the victims feeling alone and without hope.
Marc Theriault October 27, 2012 at 01:20 PM
Charlie Brown and the other tales mentioned above all fall under the following quote by G. K. Chesterton - "Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed." Without these stories readily accessible, bullies will feel as if they are accepted by society as the victors and victims will feel abandoned and without any hope.
Marc Theriault October 27, 2012 at 04:46 PM
(Sorry about the double entry - didn't seem like the first one went through)
Emcee of Seekonk October 27, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Double entries happen... you could delete one if you wanted to. No big deal if you don't. "...Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed." A strong message and the core of most children's stories. When we start producing stories where the villain goes unchecked, then we will have problems. Much the same as what you said.
Richard S. Kaminski October 27, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Charlie Brown a "bully"? What in blue blazes is wrong with this country, anyway?! These kids in "Peanuts" are just calling them as they see them! So-called "Political Correctness" demands that we no longer call things as we see them, saying that we should instead tell people a pack of sugar-coated lies just to make them "feel good". This guy DadCamp, and all other would-be censors, can just go fly a kite!
Shee G October 27, 2012 at 10:56 PM
♥ EXACTLY said! Thank YOU Christine! ♥
Shee G October 27, 2012 at 11:00 PM
There is a Negative and a Positive IN LIFE just as in movies, Cartoons, Holiday Specials and even Concerts! etc. WE must LEARN (that is the key word) the difference! and LEARN our way! whether it be good or bad! That is why it is called a lesson.... just how old is this person who questions Charlie Brown's beliefs in Classic tales anyway....... hmmm.... Give our children credit where it counts... is really the comment here! BAD and Good is in all tales of LIFE and in LOVE!
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