May 21, 2013

What the Heck, Charlie Brown

Baby Bee loves Charlie Brown. Over the past couple of years, I bought “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” and “A Charlie Brown Christmas” from Amazon Video on Demand and Baby Bee watches them each at least once a week. I’m a lot more up close and personal with Charlie Brown than I ever thought I’d be. I’m almost tired of Linus’ Christmas speech.

Almost.

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But, the more I watch Charlie Brown the more disturbed I become. People are mean to Charlie Brown, yo. Seriously, heartbreakingly mean.

I know what you’re thinking. I’m over thinking this. It’s not that bad. Charlie Brown doesn’t have it so bad. I disagree, though. Until I was forced to watch watching the cartoons with so much frequency, I’d never noticed it either.

Charlie Brown is never invited to parties. When he is invited, he’s quickly told its a mistake. He was on the “do not invite” list. On Valentine’s Day, he doesn’t receive a single one. At Christmas time, he’s belittled so much over his choice of Christmas trees, he has no choice but to go home, depressed and dejected.

Charlie Brown admits to being afraid of anything. His head is drawn on with marker. He literally gets no candy from adults on Halloween.

Charlie Brown seems like a pretty nice kid, but no one ever sticks up for him in any meaningful way. Of course, I know this begs a question about whether or not it’s a mistake to not let our children experience small injustice like NOT being invited to a birthday party or not to require a Valentine be given to each child in class. I’m sure there are people who believe we are raising a generation of wimps but surely a better alternative isn’t to allow the exclusion of a little boy from the neighborhood Halloween party or Christmas play.

I know that Charlie Brown being unfortunate in a relatable way is the whole joke, but I’m having more and more trouble finding it funny.

Additionally, did you know Peppermint Patty considers herself hopelessly dumb? I mean, I always knew she was athletic, but holy cow, I never realized they embedded the “dumb jock” stereotype in Patty.

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