The classic “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving,” a short film created in 1973 portraying a group of friends gathering for a Thanksgiving day feast, has received backlash since it recently aired.
After airing on Tuesday on ABC, some responded on social media to “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” cartoon in anger that the show had a racist scene — even though that was probably the opposite of the cartoonist’s intentions.
The iconic “Peanuts” cartoon contained a scene where Sally, Charlie Brown, Peppermint Patty, and dog Snoopy sat on one side of the Thanksgiving day table with Linus and Marcie at the heads of the table. Franklin was alone on the other side of the table.
Franklin was the only African American friend in the cartoon — which drew some reactions.
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Some people reacted to the cartoon, who weren’t so happy about it:
This used to be a family tradition when I was a child. Now that I’m an adult and woke- I’ve thrown a middle finger to #CharlieBrownThanksgiving America has been giving us the #foldingchairtreatment for 400 years- I won’t tolerate it from my cartoons too. pic.twitter.com/9hoKeNth0C
— Sylvia K. Alston (@SylviaKAlston) November 21, 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
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 TB Brown™️ (@TBrown_80) November 22, 2018
Others had different reactions to the “Charlie Brown” cartoon:
Yo, but Franklin is the only one Charlie Brown is actually happy to see show up. Peppermint Patty invited herself. Charlie Brown sees Franklin and he’s all like: “my man!” and shows his homie the love he deserves. pic.twitter.com/Gc1jaDkpss
— Cameron Cool (@ccooluke) November 23, 2018
Maybe it's just me but I would like one whole side of the table to my self.
— Honna (@CrystalNightFox) November 22, 2018
We really gonna argue on a 40 year old cartoon now?
— Skizzy Johnson (@SkizzyJohnson) November 22, 2018
Why is everyone so upset? Maybe he wanted to sit on that side. And that chair looks pretty comfy, soft and beachy. And all those desserts too, I think he's the smarterst one there! #CharlieBrownThanksgiving
— realCaptThunderPants (@pants_real) November 22, 2018
Despite some people’s ideas on the sitting situation at the Charlie Brown Friendsgiving meal, the cartoonist Charles M. Schulz was actually the opposite of racist.
In a “You’re a Racist, Charlie Brown?” article, Jeremy Helligar noted:
“A relevant aside: During the farewell dinner about one hour and five minutes into 1972’s Snoopy Come Home, Franklin was seated on the same side of the table as Charlie Brown, Lucy, and Frieda — in a regular chair.”
Happy 50th Anniversary, Franklin! Franklin first appeared in Peanuts 50 years ago today in this strip originally published on July 31, 1968. pic.twitter.com/b1LlNsgoKZ
— Charles M. Schulz Museum (@SchulzMuseum) July 31, 2018
It was after Rev. Martin Luther King’s assassination when cartoonist Schulz received a letter from Harriet Glickman about cartoon integration — Schulz appreciated Glickman’s letter and introduced Franklin as a “regular kid” playing on a beach in the July 31, 1968 storyline, The Washington Post reported.
Editor’s Note: This story has been updated.