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A Republican member of Congress is trying to de-fund PBS for airing an episode of Arthur that featured a gay wedding. The long-running children’s cartoon started its 22nd season in May with an episode that showed the characters’ teacher, Mr. Ratburn, marrying another man. Representative Doug Lamborn (R-CO), whose district includes Colorado Springs, introduced legislation to end funding for PBS and National Public Radio (NPR), citing the Arthur episode of evidence that PBS is “offensive to many conservatives and religious taxpayers.” “Enough...

Image via Etsy @VICTAXIDERMYLast week, the world was rocked by the news that the PBS Kids’ show Arthur was still on the air. More specifically, many were overjoyed to hear of the news that Arthur premiered the gay wedding of teacher Mr. Ratburn. But, not everyone was happy, as some conservatives expressed outrage over the storyline. For instance, Alabama Public Television refused to broadcast the gay wedding episode. But despite some pushback, the...

“I’m really proud of that episode. And I will defend it to anybody who wants to talk about it. Why shouldn’t their teacher marry another man? We all know people who are gay, who are trans, and it’s something that is socially acceptable. Why is there this discomfort that it takes a leap into our national media? I don’t want children or people who are different to feel excluded. That’s not the kind of world we want to live in. And...

Alabama’s public television network decided not to run an episode of Arthur because it featured a gay wedding. The season 22 premier of the kids’ animated series Arthur that aired this week showed the characters’ third-grade teacher, Mr. Ratburn, getting married to another man. The show normally airs on PBS-affiliate Alabama Public Television (APT), but this week they decided to show an old rerun. APT said that the audience was too young to know that gay people exist. “Parents have trusted Alabama...

In its race to be the most draconian, antiquated state in the union, Alabama Public Television refused this week to air an episode of the beloved PBS children’s show Arthur because it depicts the title character’s teacher, Mr. Ratburn, marrying another male. “Parents have trusted Alabama Public Television for more than 50 years to provide children’s programs that entertain, educate, and inspire,” Mike McKenzie, a spokesperson for APT, said in a statement. “Parents trust that their children can watch APT without their supervision. We...

Continuing its campaign for most draconian, antiquated state in the union, Alabama Public Television has refused to run an episode of the children’s show Arthur that depicts the title character’s teacher marrying another man. The news came this week, just after Alabama passed a complete ban on abortion rights in the state. Mike McKenzie, a spokesperson for APT, told NBC “Parents have trusted Alabama Public Television for more than 50 years to provide children’s programs that entertain, educate, and inspire. More...

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