Queer representation in children’s animation has been getting better and better as the years go by, and while it’s nice to see so many new, inclusive titles premiering on so many networks, we wish some of our old-school faves would also introduce queer characters as well. Well it looks like Arthur might have just heard our prayers…
The long-running PBS Kids series (which has been airing since 1996) just confirmed that Mr. Nigel Ratburn, Arthur Read’s cake-loving, third-grade, Lakewood Elementary School teacher, is queer!
In the new episode “Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone,” viewers finally get to see Mr. Ratburn marry his husband! And it’s literally the cutest thing ever!!
While current Arthur viewers are probably a little too young for Twitter, when O.G. fans who grew up with Arthur in the ’90s & ’00s found out about Mr. Ratburn’s new husband, they (righfully) freaked out!
MR RATBURN IS GAY HELLO !! HE GOT MARRIED !! pic.twitter.com/T1Emc97Y0f
— EIGHTH WONDER (@WOLFNOlR) May 13, 2019
mr. ratburn from arthur is gay
this is the absolute best thing you’ll see all day
we stan pic.twitter.com/vaLvkqBavL
— zach || desire and hope (@PhantomInari) May 13, 2019
animation twitter is losing it over the fact that arthur made mr ratburn gay but no one is talking about his clearly queer sister pic.twitter.com/WcJBdP70l7
— Goth Ms. Frizzle (@spookperson) May 13, 2019
So I was watching the new episode of Arthur and they just confirmed Mr.Ratburn is gay by him having a same sex marriage. Wow…that’s huge for them to do ???
— TonyTheTiger™ ? (@datyger927) May 13, 2019
Nobody talk to me abt nething but mr nigel ratburn n his husband Patrick n jane lynchs fursona were on a 24/7 arthur lockdown pic.twitter.com/2gKCr2aInl
— shilha cutie (@ursamonroe) May 13, 2019
Wow… after all these years. Congratulation Mr. Ratburn! Make sure you don’t hog all the wedding cake. ???
— CharlieArtsy (@charlieartsy) May 13, 2019
MR RATBURN IS GAY ?!? IM CRYING pic.twitter.com/e9A4ZnnGa2
— Gatsby (@gatsplatt) May 13, 2019
MR RATBURN SAID GAY RIGHTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!
— jessie is doing gcses (@glitztea) May 13, 2019
MR RATBURN IS GAY!!!!!!!!!! No wonder Arthur was my favorite show as a kid. Fun fact: i had a dog which my dad gave away behind my back bc she loved to bark at the neighbors cattle and chased them ONCE but i thankfully got her back in the last couple years of her life
— Ratthew ? (@eggboy666) May 13, 2019
MR RATBURN IS GAY AND GOT MARRIED???? IM SO HAPPY FOR HIM
— ryo apologist ?️? @ dio loving hours (@TriangleFuckr69) May 13, 2019