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People Are Accusing 'A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving' Of Being Racist


For some people, getting together with family and enjoying a hearty feast is one of the most exciting things about Thanksgiving, but for others, the holiday isn't complete without a viewing of A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.

In many American households, sitting down and watching the classic Peanuts holiday special is a tradition that brings the whole family together while delivering a dose childhood nostalgia.

A special broadcast of the film airs annually on Thanksgiving eve, and although nothing about the story has changed since it premiered in 1973, people can't seem to look past a few controversial scenes after this year's re-run.

After Charlie Brown and his friends find a solution to having two Thanksgiving dinners, they gather in Charlie and Sally's backyard to dine on buttered toast, pretzel sticks, popcorn, jelly beans, and ice cream sundaes - all prepared by Woodstock and Snoopy.

While the menu is certainly unusual for a Thanksgiving spread, it is not what people were focused on.

This year, there were many viewers who were upset by how one of the characters was treated at the dinner.

Solo Franklin

Social media users pointed out that Franklin, who is the only African-American friend in the group, was left to sit by himself on one side of the table while the rest of his friends grouped together on the other sides.

They also noticed that Franklin was seated in a lawn chair while everyone else had proper dining chairs.

These details led many people to question the film's message, and even accuse it of racism.

"How come Franklin, Charlie Brown's only black friend, sits alone on the other side of the table? And in a lawn chair," asked one Twitter user.

This is not the first time that this particular issue has been brought up on social media, but given the current state of our society, more people are speaking out about it now.

Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz was an active advocate for equality, and famously added Franklin's character to the comic strip after receiving a letter from a mother and teacher who asked him to consider integration in his work.

The introduction of Franklin broke many barriers at the time, but the way he has been depicted in the animated films have left a sour taste in some people's mouths.

There are still plenty of fans who believe that certain users were just being overly sensitive about something that they believe wasn't done on purpose.

Some people never even noticed the odd seating arrangement until now.

Do you think people have a good reason to be upset or are they being overly sensitive?

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