This is ridiculous. As a former “Charlie Brown” I’ve got to agree that comparisons between the Peanuts’ treatment of the eponymous hero (maybe not so “former”–I just used ‘eponymous’ on a blog rant) and actual bullying is way out of proportion. The truth is that there are simply those of us that don’t fit in easily or well. I know that I am still socially retarded, but I’m light years from where I was once, and that taunting is part of what helped me learn, not to conform, but how to effectively interact with other people. It’s part and parcel of the “socialization” that is so prized by those who oppose homeschooling. You can’t have one without the other without drugging all the miscreants, uh, students, into oblivion.
“The show is riddled with the kids calling each other stupid, dumb, and blockheads. There is continous teasing and bullying. Charlie Brown is supposed to be the hero, instead he is kicked and demeaned at every turn, even by the adults giving out candy,” Buzz Bishop, otherwise known as DadCamp, wrote at Babble.com recently.
Bishop argues that apart from a sense of nostalgia for parents, the Charlie Brown specials have nothing of value to offer today’s kids. He finds the shows’ acceptance of schoolyard teasing to be antiquated. And, as the father of young kids, he finds the constant use of words like “stupid” “dumb” and “blockhead” to be a bad message for those little ears. “Charlie Brown is always an outsider, the cool kids continue to play tricks, and nobody is ever held to account. In an era of hashtags like #RIPAmandaTodd, these types of attitudes are no longer appropriate,” Bishop wrote.