The ABC’s annual “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” special was slammed as racist by some people on social media, with some viewers objecting to the dinner-table seating of its only black character.
Why is this the first year we’ve heard about this issue? This is much ado about nothing. It’s just a ploy to complain about nothing. People are always looking to find something they deem objectionable.
— Comicbook.com (@ComicBook) November 22, 2018
Another holiday classic has been slapped with the label “racist” by SJWs for supposedly marginalizing the token black character: “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.”
People on social media have expressed outrage over the fact that the lone black character Franklin in “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” appears seated differently juxtaposed to the white characters during the famous dinner scene where Charlie Brown serves popcorn and toast to his hungry guests instead of turkey and stuffing. From The Hill:
The scene in question has four characters from Charles M. Schulz’s iconic ‘Peanuts’ cartoon — Sally, Charlie Brown, Peppermint Patty and dog Snoopy — sitting on one side of a makeshift outdoor table for Thanksgiving dinner, with Marcie at one end of the table and Linus at the head.
The cartoon’s lone black character, Franklin, is on his own side of the table seated on a lawn chair.
Comicbook.com was the first to flag the reactions to the scene on social media. More
Charles Schultz was as progressive as they come in terms of race, especially at that time. The fact that Franklin exists was his decision.
He took some serious heat about it from syndicators. His response was that Franklin stays and if they don’t like it, they can drop the Peanuts strip. The syndicators caved.
But that fact escapes these Twitter users:
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 Turkey Leg Brown™️ (@TBrown_80) November 22, 2018
— Cynthia Haynes (@ChefCynthiaC) November 22, 2018
Watching Charlie Brown’s Thanksgiving is hard knowing they put my nigga Franklin at the end of the table by himself 😩
— ariel (@Sincerely_AJP) November 22, 2018
Am I woke now, why is Franklin in Charlie Brown Thanksgiving sitting all by himself at the table. Man. Things that I did not notice as a child.
— Yessam (@cmass4eva) 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