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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?

Teasing or bullying?

One parent is speaking out online against the Halloween classic children's television show, "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown," claiming the animated favorite actually condones bullying, 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; the programs are just a nostalgia trip for 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 extreme aim at a children's classic? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Frank October 27, 2012 at 07:26 PM
You are exactly is what wrong with today's society. This why we are in the position that we are in today because some people think the same way you do. It's a FREAKEN CARTOON that was created ALONG time ago.
Anthony October 27, 2012 at 08:08 PM
I agree with Frank. People like you are what is ruining our society. Did you know that cars kill a lot of people - maybe we should ban them? This is a CARTOON. Lets move on and not evaluate a kids tv show on whether or not it condones bullying.
mike jones October 27, 2012 at 08:39 PM
Yeah you moron you should be put in jail for even talking about this you fool. Its one of the greatest cartoons ever so get over it.
SP October 27, 2012 at 08:59 PM
We are becoming such a horrifically soft society. Go ANYWHERE else in the world and it is hundreds of times more intense. Keep it up folks and it will be "goodbye sweet America." In the mean time I am going to watch Charlie Brown, Popeye, and Scooby Doo....I am also going to say Merry Christmas this year!
Steven Norwin October 27, 2012 at 10:21 PM
Good Grief ... What a bunch of Blockheads!!!
Jose October 27, 2012 at 10:48 PM
Change the channel you must have hundreds to choose from. you Blockhead
Jose October 27, 2012 at 10:52 PM
A agree with you SP
Jeffrey Wright October 27, 2012 at 11:09 PM
And on that note we should all shed a tear for that poor Wile e. coyote and the endless abuse he endured from that bully the Roadrunner .... Just the thought of it brings a tear to my eye .....
Tom Waltman October 27, 2012 at 11:46 PM
Don't disaude these guys from turning their kids into mush. My kids will need to find employees somewhere... Trophies and orange slices for everyone!
Thom Bogue October 28, 2012 at 03:03 AM
WHAT IT'S A CARTOON???!!!! Frank your comment hit it right on the mark.
SP October 28, 2012 at 04:00 AM
Every blockhead wins. Sure, in real life, everyone wins.......NOT!!!!! Be kind, be healthy, be smart, be compassionate, and strive to win.....THAT is okay!
Kerry Jacobs October 28, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Yea and don't forget that bully Lucy everytime she pulled the football away just before Charlie Brown kicked it and did a reverse flip.. I cryed everytime.
Janette Brown October 28, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Of Course not !!!! What is wrong with whom ever put this question up....for goodness sake ! Let the kids have Charlie Brown without it turning into something its not.
Ernest Giono October 28, 2012 at 04:02 PM
If you don't want your little ones watching Charlie Brown, turn the TV Off.
DAVID CASEY October 28, 2012 at 04:27 PM
GOOD GRIEF, CHARLIE BROWN! What next are these simple-minded people going to find offensive? Whenever society cannot find a way to resolve their problems, they look for some other way to place blame on someone. In this case, it was Charlie Brown, a loveable cartoon character that has been around for years. Charlie is perhaps not the smartest little boy, but he has faith in a higher being...even though it is the GREAT PUMPKIN. With Christmas coming soon, I suppose the environmentalists will be against cutting down a lonely tree and hanging decorations on it. When Charlie and his friends have their "Charlie Brown Christmas Tree" story aired on TV, they celebrate a tradition that is the symbol of this nation. Should we tell the president not to light the White House tree this season? It might offend someone. Let life go on and mind your own business. If your kids feel "bullied," teach them to stand up for their rights and beliefs and you should teach them to be tolerant of others. If Snoopy shoots down the Red Barron, good for him. He was a "Bully" to begin with. PACRATFLT
R K Savage October 28, 2012 at 07:31 PM
"Good Grief" I don't believe what I just read. If you feel that Charlie Brown is offensive or in Bad taste or whatever You have the option of "Tuning Out" I have never heard such a ridiculous argument in my life. Change the Channel You "BLOCKHEAD" I and all my siblings and friends grew up with the Peanuts Gang and if some of us were bullied I don't believe that a Cartoon had anything to do with it. I know for myself my Bully got it from his Dad who was a complete self absorbed, hot headed moron that bullied his kid so his kid bullied others. Don't sell your kids short. They know the difference from a cartoon and reality. They will most likely emulate your behavior. not that of a cartoon character.
don October 28, 2012 at 08:15 PM
I was not going to waste any time responding to this article.. and I changed my mind. I have to agree with all the above posts. I have much more I would like to iterate (@ the author, look it up mush for brains) however, I have wasted enough time on this pathetic piece.
Tom Ontis October 28, 2012 at 08:52 PM
Raise your hand if every year you cried out to Charlier Brown: 'Stop, she's going to pull it out again?" Charlie Brown was/is a kid for all ages. You'll notice there ae no adults to screw things up. And Charlier Brown was a equalitarian" In one book I ead years ago, he team was able to get a sponsor and play in real uniforms or a real field. But then he found out that girls weren't allowed and he couldn't have his dog playing shortstop. He turned down the sponsor. To him, friendship was more important than than cool uniforms.
AyurvedicMama October 29, 2012 at 12:49 AM
I grew up on Charlie Brown & the Peanuts... never faced bullying issues. My children on the other hand, are part of a generation exposed to horrific trash (in cartoon form) and the bullying is ridiculous. Sure we had Tom & Jerry, Wylie Coyote, etc... but did anyone ever take that seriously? No. Now there are shows on Disney and Nickelodian that offer more day to day stuff like fighting and backtalk 101. I will risk letting my children watch Charlie Brown and trust they won't need to set up a "Psychiatric Help" booth for 5 cents.
"The Black Panther of Poetry" October 29, 2012 at 05:48 AM
Why is every body always picking on me? www.youtube.com/watch?v=dS9sOCRH3MU
Graham Lower October 29, 2012 at 03:10 PM
I think there is a bit of irony in your comment, in that you start by calling someone who has a different opinion from you 'simply-minded'. It is suggestive that you support belittling and attacking when encountering diversity, and frankly is the mindset of a bully. It is neither helpful nor constructive, and leaves little wonder as to why you find fault. Though the grandest irony is that your response actually adds validity to the point-of-view you are ridiculing; you've established at least a minor correlation between people supportive of bully and the program in question. What's sad is that your are not unique in approach.
Graham Lower October 29, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Though I would have initially been dismissive of the idea, seeing some of the responses above has caused me to see the issue in new light. Bullying is a river deeper and wider than any given television program, or even the concept of television. Even if you strongly support the idea, ending a single annual special is unlikely to have a significant impact. However, if one has serious concerns, maybe then can turn it around. Use the opportunity to discuss with their child how the various characters are treating each other and being treated. In my mind, spending time talking with your children about complex and meaningful issues is a much better option then avoidance.
John Herby Hancock October 29, 2012 at 07:53 PM
Graham - Wow common sense, good to see someone still has some. I applaud your second post!!!
AyurvedicMama October 29, 2012 at 10:38 PM
Amen Graham! You are so right on.
Teresa Savage October 30, 2012 at 02:32 AM
Well said, children do mimic their parents and so what if they let their children watch cartoons....as long as they teach their children the difference between cartoons and reality. It is the parents who set the first and most impressionable years of their children's life, not cartoons.
DAVID CASEY October 30, 2012 at 03:24 AM
Friends: It is obvious that each response to this subject varies from person to person in an open forum. Now, let us agree that our children should be taught to respect one another and to be tolerant of those with a different perspective on life and do the same ourselves as adults. Set an example for our youth. The Golden Rule is simple, "Do unto others as you would have them to do unto you."
Mike L. November 08, 2012 at 02:54 AM
I agree the original poster on the blog is being ridiculous by requesting a good natured non-violent non-profane fun old cartoon be pulled. However, I find it amusing that one poster claimed that Charlie Brown himself believes in the Great Pumpkin as a "higher being". Hey DAVID CASEY, it was Linus. Additionally, the author of this article was slammed inappropriately. It is obvious what Mr. Perkins wrote was completely neutral and was merely provoking people to voice their own opinions. Quick to judge! Lighten up don.
Mike L. November 08, 2012 at 03:13 AM
Nicely put and extremely relevent.
Tom Ontis November 08, 2012 at 04:47 AM
Wow, my spelling is realy atrocious. I suffer from neuropathy, a nerve thing, and sometimes my fingers aren't in sync with my brain.

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