‘It’s goddamn time’: kids’ cartoon ‘Arthur’ features a gay wedding

‘It’s goddamn time’: kids’ cartoon ‘Arthur’ features a gay wedding May 15, 2019

A NEW season of the long-running children’s cartoon season Arthur was launched this week on PBS KIDS – and right now Christians are being urged to complain to its creators over a a same-sex marriage scene.

Right-wing Christian site – LifeSiteNews – yesterday published the contact details of PBS KIDS, so that True Christians™ can voice their fury over the way the 22nd season began with a scene showing Arthur the Aardvark’s teacher Mr Ratburn getting married to a man.

LifeSiteNews‘ Dorothy Cummings McLean wrote:

The ‘Arthur’ episode yesterday marks another victory by LGBT activists to insert homosexual ‘representation’ into beloved children’s shows. 

And she quoted one outraged parent from Topeka, Kansas, who said:

The [cartoon] children are a bit surprised but mostly nonchalant about the whole thing. Needless to say, in the real world, our children were shocked and confused.

For the record, Topeka is home to the bonkers Westboro Baptist Church, which ABSOLUTELY HATES gay people, atheists, Catholics, Muslims and Jews.

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McLean conceded that other adults and teens took to Twitter to expressed their glee over the new twist in Mr Ratburn’s portrayal.

Said former child star, now House of Representatives intern Joshua Rush, 17, above, on Twitter:

DID ARTHUR REALLY HAVE A GAY MARRIAGE AND I MISSED IT? THAT’S SO FREAKING COOL Y’ALL.

And Carson Kressley, an American television personality, actor and designer, said in a video interview that “it’s goddamn time” that PBS showed a gay wedding.

When people are in love they should be able to get married, and little kids should see that as normal.

Arthur, which features anthropomorphized animals, is aimed at children aged four to eight. The show is based on the Arthur adventure books by Marc Brown. Mr Ratburn was originally based on Brown’s own middle school algebra teacher.

This is not Arthur’s first foray into the adult world of same-sex partnerships. According to Variety, an Arthur spin-off  show called Postcards from Buster featured a female same-sex couple in 2005.

The then-Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings wrote a letter of protest in 2005 to the tax-funded PBS, underscoring that the show was meant to prepare children for school.

We believe the “Sugartime!” episode does not come within these purposes or within the intent of Congress, and would undermine the overall objective of the Ready-To-Learn program — to produce programming that reaches as many children and families as possible.

Many parents would not want their young children exposed to the life-styles portrayed in this episode. Congress’ and the Department’s purpose in funding this programming certainly was not to introduce this kind of subject matter to children, particularly through the powerful and intimate medium of television.

PBS dropped this episode, but it was aired by some of its affiliates.

PBS Kids states on its website that its goal is to make:

A positive impact on the lives of children through curriculum-based entertainment with positive role models and content designed to nurture a child’s total well-being.

PBS KIDS encourages children to interact as respectful citizens in a diverse society. By involving parents, teachers, caregivers and communities as learning partners, PBS KIDS helps to empower children for success in school and in life. PBS’ bottom line is measured by how much it contributes to the welfare of America’s children.

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  • Martin Penwald

    Many parents would not want their young children exposed to the life-styles portrayed in this episode.

    Being an asshole is a lifestyle choice. Being gay isn’t.

  • Charles Findlay

    Unfortunate that technical advances have surpassed real talent.

  • I’m not sure what “technical advances” have to do with this story.

  • igotbanned999

    I’m surprised the show is still running. I watched it when I was part of its targeted demographic. As for Mr. Ratburn’s sexuality, I would have figured that he was only turned on by math equations.

  • some bastard on the internet

    A quick look at Chucky’s comment history shows a consistent pattern of stupidity. Best pass it by.

  • Broga

    Cozy little group of brain washed, heavily indoctrinated kids with their snippy placards. The way the world is moving they have some shocks ahead. Even Trump needs scientists if he wants the USA to get to Mars. None of that misguided group of juveniles are going to be involved unless their thinking changes. A Bob Jones’ doctorate, even if backed by prayer, isn’t going to get them on the Mars programme.

    They won’t have heard of Alan Turing, a gay science/mathematical genius, who broke the enigma code in WW2, and did as much to defeat Hitler as any general, or Churchill. I wonder why their God gifted a gay man with such extraordinary ability?

  • rubaxter

    Turing did NOT break the Enigma code, he automated the technology to use the techniques originally developed by brilliant Polish cryptographers, who passed on their work to the French and British when the Germans overran Poland. In fact, the British were going down a dead end in their efforts before the Poles turned their work over to them.

    But, you never hear about those cryptographers, do you?

    Also, Turing was at the forefront of the computer age, but he is not the God that British media has pumped him up to be. Turing did not operate in a vacuum, either, as the von Neumann crowd were not far behind him, just like it was only a matter of a very short time that gave Bell Labs the bragging rights to the transistor over a German team on the same trail.

  • Paula Dufour

    No scientist operate in a vacuum. All are building on the blocks placed by others. Standing on the shoulders of giants is the way it’s typically said. The myth of the lone scientist is pretty much just that…a myth…

  • Paula Dufour

    One more possibly asexual representative erased…sigh. I’m glad for more gay characters being depicted as normal…but their is far less ace representation than gay…

  • Yeah, I took a look at his comments while I was writing my response. A real charmer.

  • Brian Curtis

    Needless to say, in the real world, our children were shocked and confused.

    Your kids were shocked and confused? You must be really crappy parents, then.

  • frostysnowman

    My girls both loved Arthur when they were younger, and it was one of the few kid’s shows I could stomach watching with them. I always thought it was sweet and thoughtful. My college sophomore still likes to watch the occasional rerun when she’s home for the holidays or the summer. I’m glad Mr. Ratburn has found happiness!

  • frostysnowman

    You mean we can’t make it to Mars using thoughts and prayers?