OPINION: Charlie Brown, Charles Schulz, and Traditional America
In 1950, a legend was born in the Comics pages of newspapers nationwide, Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz. The protagonist and perhaps the most popular character in the strip is Charlie Brown, who is also pretty much the person who fails at everything, but never gives up on trying and wanting to succeed. Then, there’s his dog Snoopy, and his neighbor, Linus Van Pelt. Both of them serve as Charlie Brown’s best friends. Finally, there are Charlie Brown and Linus’ respective sisters, Sally and Lucy. All of these characters have the same trials and turbulences to face as all of us as human beings, and that’s basically all I have to say about the strip’s premise. The strip ran for over 50 years until Schulz’s death in 2000. So, it’s as relevant today as it was back when new strips were still being produced. If you want to see an example of what a traditional America looks like, then Peanuts is the comic strip for you.
How is it still relevant today? Here’s a perfect example, as I mentioned in a past column, a new Peanuts movie is being produced by Blue Sky Studios and 20th Century Fox, and all I can say is it’s sure to be a massive hit. One of the reasons? In an interview with USA Today, Craig Schulz, the son of Charles Schulz and a co-writer for the new film, said this: “Snoopy will not be rapping, no one will be twerking, we’re in good hands.” No, you’re not hallucinating; he really said that about the movie’s content not being changed to reflect the changing times.
So, what does the production of a new animated Peanuts movie mean? Why are these characters being brought back at a time when we seem to need them most? Well, it means that traditional American culture is still very popular in this country, especially a wholesome property like Peanuts. The far left in Hollywood and in the media smother the folks with narratives that say the opposite is true. It’s not true at all, not even close. The Peanuts franchise represents a time when things in life were very simple. There were no iPhones or iPads, pretty much no laptop computers, and it was also a time when shows and movies with traditional family values still dominated American culture. Another reason for this film potentially becoming a smash is because all of the characters are beloved by millions of Americans. Not to mention the comic strip, which is still being rerun in newspapers as of today, seems to represent traditional America the most, at least in my view.
No doubt this movie will indeed be a success when it comes out, and there’s also no doubt that at a time when children seem to be losing their innocence at younger and younger ages, and the American family has all but disintegrated thanks to the garbage that airs on TV stations such as MTV, Nickelodeon, and Disney Channel, and of course harmful music being put out by the likes of Ke$ha, Beyoncé, and Jay-Z, I think it will prove that Mr. Schulz’s beloved creation will remain loved for years to come, and unlike the three “music” stars I mentioned, will still be relevant today, even during a time when our culture is being increasingly coarsened by liberal Hollywood.