Is Charlie Brown racist?
Modern viewers of 1973’s A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving claim that one particular scene in the classic cartoon appears to depict racial segregation.
As Charlie Brown’s gang of friends sits down for a Thanksgiving feast, some couldn’t help but notice that Franklin, the only African-American character in the series, is seated by himself. To be fair, Franklin seems a bit lonely without any friends on his side of the table.
People are debating online whether the scene can be interpreted as racist.
Charlie Brown Thanksgiving aired in 1973. People interpret this scene differently. Some say it's offensive, some say Franklin has the best seat at the table. How do you see it? pic.twitter.com/LeH2NxNjul
— Trevor Donovan (@TrevDon) November 23, 2018
Critics have pointed out that Franklin is seated in a broken deck chair opposed to the formal chairs sat in by the white characters.
Though some call it an irrelevant detail, others claim offense that Franklin was given a “worse chair.”
If y’all don’t think racism exist..check out Charlie Brown…so you mean to tell me, no one wanted to sit by the lil black kid and why they give him the worse chair….think about it… #staywoke … pic.twitter.com/S23G0aOSm5
— IMPEACH TRUMP 🚫 (@TheScorpioBaby) November 22, 2018
Plenty of folks are upset with Charlie Brown’s “racist” Thanksgiving dinner.
Sarcasm is hard to detect online.
Let’s talk about Franklin. Dude gets invited to Charlie Brown’s by Peppermint Patty. Then he finds out that it wasn’t a real invite, a dog is cooking the food and he’s gotta sit by himself at dinner. That’s Get Out. #CharlieBrownThanksgiving
— Terry Bow Tie Brown™️ (@TBrown_80) November 22, 2018
They give our friend the busted chair and won’t even sit on the same side of the table, more proof that Charlie Brown and his cohorts are RACIST. pic.twitter.com/Ejd7dQdMKT
— hotwealz (@mwizzy128) November 22, 2018
Not watching Charlie Brown Thanksgiving anymore, until they sit some people on the same side of the table as Franklin ✊🏾✊🏾
— Vic Damone Jr (@Asharp52) November 22, 2018
Charlie Brown is some racist shit. #CharlieBrownThanksgiving
— The Shane (@Housecutie) November 22, 2018
Didn’t realize Charlie Brown was racist pic.twitter.com/IJtYt6u7It
— 👑チーフビーフ🥩 (@danielbaldonado) November 22, 2018
But were the creators of A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving really racist?
Quite the opposite, actually.
As many pointed out, Franklin’s inclusion in the cartoon was a revolutionary step in 1973. Those familiar with the special’s plot believe Franklin was seated towards the Peanuts gang because they considered him their special guest.
Not the product of racism, but sensitivity to racial issues.https://t.co/L0B9U5RS4T
— snopes.com (@snopes) November 22, 2018
Lots of people groaned at the misguided attempts to call Charlie Brown racist.
Ok, this is getting out of hand. Charlie Brown's #Thanksgiving special is NOT racist in the slightest. You PC mofo's are just trying to look for things that aren't there. Schultz made it a point to speak on and create inclusion in a time when no one else was. STFU.
— Voodoo (@VoodooReturns) November 22, 2018
You're kidding me? #PoliticallyCorrect idiots on Twitter are trying to ruin a holiday classic! ‘Charlie Brown Thanksgiving’ viewers call Franklin’s seat at the table "Racist" not realizing Schulz added him in 1968 thumbing his nose at racism! #CharlieBrown https://t.co/UmOvENomxB
— John Cremeans (@JCremeans) November 23, 2018
Don’t just react to the headline as many of you do. Read the story and you’ll find out why Charlie Brown creator Charles Schulz was the exact opposite of a racist: A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving' accused of racism over seating of Franklin – https://t.co/ihAhmg2La9
— Joe Concha (@JoeConchaTV) November 23, 2018
This is SO progressive 👏👏 Leave it to the progressive people to find something racist in something as innocent as Charlie Brown.
Let's condemn Garfield as well for fat-shaming people, stereotyping them for being lazy and liking to eat.
— L Garcia (@SymphonyXIII) November 22, 2018
Most agree the cartoon wasn’t racist, but actually progressive.
Never forget Charlie Brown dabbed up my man Franklin at Thanksgiving pic.twitter.com/4bWOJvCB5k
— Fantasmita🇺🇸🇸🇻 (@JacobRam95) November 22, 2018
Here’s the intro of Franklin to “Peanuts” in 1968 as a friend of Charlie Brown— integrating a black character into America’s most popular cartoon with strong symbolism by integrating him into a public beach (when America was right in the middle of its struggle over Civil Rights). pic.twitter.com/VuWFqJpgBM
— Jerry Dunleavy (@JerryDunleavy) November 23, 2018
So why the controversy?
When in doubt, blame millennials.
Millennials cannot even get facts right about Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. There are three different types of chairs at the table (the girl in foreground has green chair) and an empty chair appears to Franklin’s right in the close-up. Maybe Franklin chose the most comfortable one.
— TheSaucyMugwump (@TheSaucyMugwump) November 23, 2018
Racism is a scourge on our society that needs to be wiped out.
But is a single scene from A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving proof of racism?