'Charlie Brown' Shouldn't Be Banned Just Because Lucy Is a Mean Girl

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charlie brownFor many us parents, we have fond memories of watching Charlie Brown as a child. Our entire youths were spent seeing the hapless, luckless kid muddle his way through childhood. Well, when KIRO Radio personality John Curley showed the classic It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown to his kids, he as shocked at their reaction. To them, the characters were so mean. It made him wonder if the content was too harsh for children.

While I agree that Lucy was certainly the quintessential mean girl and Peppermint Patty's quips could be a bit scathing, that is something that kids today sorely need to see.

In Great Pumpkin, Lucy and the rest of the gang get loads of cookies, candy and gum while poor old Charlie Brown gets a lousy rock. There are instances were kids are called names or maligned because they do not bath enough (remember Pig Pen?) Curley's kids feel so bad for them. But so did we. That is how we are supposed to feel for the kids, especially Charlie Brown.

You see, the cartoon hasn't changed, but the kids who watch it have. And that's because so much of children's TV is watered down, sanitized, feel-good gibberish. Not that there's anything wrong with that. My son loves the counting games and vocab lessons so much of the shows are filled with. But life isn't really so sweet and PC, is it. It's not in adulthood that they are hit with the harsh realities of life -- it's in pre-K and Kindergarten. I remember being totally floored when I witnessed three-year-old mean girls ostracizing another girl in my son's nursery school class.

Perhaps Charlie Brown helped prepare us better for school, which can feel a bit "Lord Of The Flies" even before middle school. Kids are cruel but today, so many  kids don't get a real sense of how cruel they can be until they are confronted with it on the playground. Oddly, those cartoons were much closer to reality than anything else on kids TV these days. I say, let's watch Charlie Brown with our kids and then talk to them about the behavior they will undoubtedly encounter as soon as they hit kindergarten anyway.

Do you think Charlie Brown cartoons are too harsh for kids?

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PinkB... PinkButterfly66

I don't understand the nostalgia of Charlie Brown.  I thought the cartoons were stupid then and I have made no effort to let my daughter see them because they were so lame.   It is time for the Charlie Brown strip and cartoon to just fade away.  

bleed... bleedingheart8D

My kids love Charlie Brown. Yes...it would be stupid to ban them. 

nonmember avatar Rach

Loved Charlie Brown as a child, still love it as an adult, and so do my kids!

kelti... kelticmom

I loved Charlie Brown growing up. But I let my four year old watch "It's the great pumpkin Charlie Brown" this week and I was shocked. The characters repeatedly call each other "stupid", "idiot", "blockhead", etc. While those are by no means profanities, I am not pleased to have my child running around repeating them. Makes me sad. I guess I was older when I saw them, bc my mom would have busted my butt for calling anyone stupid.

Black... BlackRose4970

I love Charlie Brown. I let my 2 1/2 year old watch Great Pumpkin for the first time this year and she loves it too. I watched them for years and I can't recall calling anyone a "blockhead" or anything. Maybe that's because my parents were actually parents and told me that cartoons weren't real and that words can hurt.

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