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Alabama Public Television refused to air an episode PBS’s “Arthur” that included a gay wedding.
In the show’s 22nd season premiere, Arthur’s third grade teacher, Mr. Ratburn, comes out as gay and gets married to a local chocolatier.
The article goes on to state the following:
Mike Mckenzie, director of programming at APT, said the channel was notified by WGBH and PBS in mid-April about the episode entitled “Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone” and decided to show a re-run instead of the episode, according to AL.com.
“Parents have trusted Alabama Public Television for more than 50 years to provide children’s programs that entertain, educate and inspire,” Mckenzie said in an email.
“More importantly – although we strongly encourage parents to watch television with their children and talk about what they have learned afterwards – parents trust that their children can watch APT without their supervision. We also know that children who are younger than the ‘target’ audience for Arthur also watch the program.”
The Hill previously reported:
In the 22nd season premiere of the PBS kids’ show, Arthur, an aardvark, and his friends mistakenly believe that their third grade teacher, Mr. Ratburn, is poised to take the plunge with his abrasive sister, a character voiced by actress Jane Lynch.
The group of animals, not knowing she’s Mr. Ratburn’s sibling, object to the union, saying their teacher deserves “to be with someone who is nice, kind, fun to be with — someone who likes him just the way he is.”
They’re then surprised to see Mr. Ratburn walk down the aisle with another male character.
Alabama Public Television refused to run the episode of “Arthur” in which his teacher, Mr. Ratburn, marries his male partner. APT previously pulled a 2005 episode in which Buster, a bunny character in Arthur, visited a girl who had two mothers. https://t.co/wY2kWU48Nk
— David Beard (@dabeard) May 20, 2019
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