December 9th, 2009
On Dec 8th, ABC aired “A Charlie Brown Christmas”. Apparently, in order to make more room for commercials, they cut several scenes, including this classic bit . . . ironically about the commercialization of Christmas! Sigh.
Now, I don’t want anyone to get the idea I hate commercials. One of the reasons I still watch Charlie Brown every year on TV instead of just forking out the ten bucks for a DVD is the nostalgia attached to watching broadcast TV, Dolly Madison commercials and all.
What bothers me is a network butchering an artist’s work simply to squeeze in one extra toy ad.
We’re already “paying” for the show by watching these commercials, the least they could do is let us watch the whole show.
Of course, there’s another, more sinister reason why ABC might have cut the scenes last night. Perhaps Charlie Brown’s anti-consumerism message rubbed their advertisers the wrong way. After all, who’s going to go on a shopping binge at Target after seeing Sally’s innocence washed away by Christmas greed (see video)?
Frankly, I don’t even care what the reason is. I just want to see the show the way Charles Schulz intended it–they way I’ve seen it every year. All I want is my fair share.
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