Last year, Millennials were complaining that Peanuts isn’t “woke” enough. They’re at it again.
Just wait until Linus gives the story of Jesus’s birth during the Christmas Special — they’re going to freak out!
The Millennials that are watching “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” special are horrified at what they perceive as “racism” for having the only black character, Franklin, sitting alone on one side of the table. They were also upset that Franklin was given a crappy, folding lawn chair while the other characters had proper dining chairs.
The special, which airs on ABC every Thanksgiving, shows the characters sharing a holiday meal at the house of Charlie and Sally Brown after Peppermint Patty invites herself and several other characters over.
Here is the scene in question:
Here are some examples of the outrage from Outrage Central™, Twitter:
#MyFavoriteThanksgiving was “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” until Twitter pointed out how Franklin was treated. pic.twitter.com/YJINUhS8lH
— T-Dub (@Norseman86) November 26, 2019
don't get me wrong, I love Charlie Brown Thanksgiving BUT
they really did Franklin like that… ??? pic.twitter.com/gGxF9Jzkwk
— hulia gulia (@juliaaerinn) November 28, 2019
I’m still wondering why Charlie Brown and them made Franklin sit in a beach chair by himself on Thanksgiving pic.twitter.com/eaJiiDUOTE
— WOLF from ARTlanta (@TyreeSmithRSC) November 26, 2019
Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is on. Never forget how they did Franklin dirty. pic.twitter.com/He5rjtewdS
— Matt (@thedudeabides81) November 28, 2019
Happy #Thanksgiving, y’all. Always take this moment to remember that Franklin was segregated from sitting next to his friends on this holiday. Charlie Brown… you’re a racist! pic.twitter.com/uWmyuwsipy
— P. Alberto?? (@PAlbertoSanchez) November 28, 2019
Watching A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and they just put Franklin in the sunken place
— Alfred Spatchcock (@Jawn_Climax) November 28, 2019
Don’t watch Charlie Brown Thanksgiving anymore!! Nobody wants to sit on the same side of the table as brother Franklin!! Not even the damn dog????
— De'Wyett EL_Bruaid (@djdlrockswell) November 27, 2019
Could we stop saying that everything is racist already? It’s sooo 2016.
Besides, the story behind the Franklin character is anything but racist. Charles Schultz took a hard stand to include Franklin in the comic strip during the Civil Rights movement after being contacted by a teacher, Harriet Glickman. When he received push-back from editors, he said that he would quit unless they included Franklin.
Several people pointed out the absurdity of the racism claim on Twitter:
Zoomers may think they're more internet savvy than previous generations but they fall for the same old hoaxes – like that Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is racist because Franklin sits alone on one side of the table.
He's the only one who got a spoon. He's the guest of honor. pic.twitter.com/VBE1v5C0vW
— Hank Campbell (@HankCampbell) November 26, 2019
It’s unreal that people are complaining about racism and don’t even understand the history of the Franklin character.
Franklin was first added into the show by Schultz when a teacher wrote to him and asked for a black child to be included into his cartoon.
Harriet Glickman assured Schultz that something as small as him writing a child of color into his work as the friend of a white child could make a radical impact.
Although Schultz worried that people would consider the new addition as tokenism, Glickman had a solution for this as well.
She asked her friends to write to Schultz and persuade him that the accusation of being patronizing is a small price to pay for the difference he could make.
Years after Franklin was first added into his comic strip, Schultz said that his editor was against the idea, however he told him, ‘Well, Larry, let’s put it this way: Either you print it just the way I draw it or I quit. How’s that?’ So that’s the way that ended.
Source: Daily Mail
Watch the history of Franklin’s character here:
Charles Schultz literally put his entire career on the line standing up for the character of Franklin. He did his part to help normalize inclusion at a time in our history that many were opposed to it. He was fighting racism, not complicit with it.
Would these whiny millennials do that for a cause that they believed in?
Somehow, I don’t think so.
Besides, one Twitter user seemed to predict what the next outrage will be…
So people mad about Franklin on Charlie Brown #thanksgiving? Really? LMAO… look at the composition of the shots…there's a reason lol More disturbing is the fact Snoopy held out on them with a turkey and pie and even worse WOODSTOCK is eating BIRD!? lol 😉 pic.twitter.com/A524NwUPiA
— DJ Ritty (@The_Ritty) November 28, 2019
PETA protesting Charlie Brown for the way that Woodstock was treated is going to be hilarious!