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You’re a Gay Man, Charlie Brown: New Play recasts Peanuts Gang as Homosexuals

Posted on | January 14, 2010 | 7 Comments

ITHACA, NY–Somewhere, the late great Charles Schulz is rolling over in his grave.

Schulz, the creator of the much-loved Peanuts comic strip (and a devout Christian), probably never envisioned a day when his characters would be appropriated for a “satirical story” about teenaged homosexuals.
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But that’s exactly what happens in the new play, “Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead,” which the Ithaca Journal describes as “a satirical story that … features characters from the ‘Peanuts’ comic strip gang in their volatile teenage years”

It all begins with CB, Charlie Brown, who contemplates the death of his loyal dog, Snoopy, who ate his bird pal, Woodstock. The angst CB feels sets him off on a journey of not only searching for the answers to where his beagle has gone now that he’s dead, but who he, himself, is now that he can’t escape the overwhelming grief he feels pervading his soul.

As CB struggles with his identity, some members of the gang display their colorful insecurities and harsh beliefs when he explores his first homosexual relationship with Beethoven (think Schroeder from the comic strip), who still hides behind his piano and the music he plays during his lunch hour.

Eliza VanCort, director of the Actor’s Workshop, told the Ithaca Times that she found the play during a visit to New York City:

“I wanted material that I connected with personally and I wanted to produce thought-provoking art,” she said. “This play explores issues that I care deeply about. What happens to the bullied child when he or she grows up? Why do we sometimes single out the ‘other’? What makes people choose between running with the pack or breaking away? When I read this play, I simply loved it. It shines a light on all the messiness of life but offers hope that things can change for the better.”

According to Wikipedia, the producers of play identify it as an unauthorized parody, claiming that this protects it from a lawsuit by Schulz’s estate.

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7 Responses to “You’re a Gay Man, Charlie Brown: New Play recasts Peanuts Gang as Homosexuals”

  1. Cindy
    January 14th, 2010 @ 7:57 pm

    Truly disgusting.

  2. joaquin
    January 15th, 2010 @ 12:00 pm

    From the last couple of posts, it sure sounds like New York state is pretty f*cked-up!

  3. Winston
    January 15th, 2010 @ 5:53 pm

    So, if I’m understanding this correctly, homosexuality is not an inborn orientation. Rather it is a side effect of grief resulting from the death of one’s dog.

    So if mourning a dead dog causes you to be gay, is that good grief?

  4. Tina
    January 15th, 2010 @ 7:34 pm

    If you feel like you need to produce a play that portrays homos, then do it with your own characters and not Peanuts Gang. They have always stood for Christian and good moral issues and they don’t deserve to be demoralized by some liberal wanting to express themselves. It’s pretty low to take someone else’s success and try to manipulate it so you can capitalize on it for yourself. Looser. Leave Charlie Brown alone!!!

  5. Hank
    January 16th, 2010 @ 11:40 pm

    Update: World Net Daily has picked up the story and quotes the FR piece about the play.

  6. david thornton
    January 17th, 2010 @ 9:52 am

    Eliza

    Something is really missing in your life when you resort to perverting the Peanuts. This is a travisty. Mr SHultch would turn over in his grave. Don’t be suprised when misfortune knocks at your door becuase of this perverted act. Everyone in this country don’t want to be a homosexual pervert. Read Romans 1st. chapter. This is not my word, but Gods. You would do well to denoucne this trash and leave well enough alone. I will pray that God will open your eyes.
    David

  7. locomotivebreath1901
    January 19th, 2010 @ 6:24 pm

    Sexing-up the notion of childhood under the guise of hormone h3ll teenagers who probably aren’t consenting adults anyways.

    But there’s no homosexual agenda or anything…

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