Not even PBS is safe for children to watch without supervision anymore. What is the world coming to?
Popular PBS cartoon Arthur has taken a known, loved character and had him "come out" as gay in a new episode. Honestly, I didn't even know they were still making new episodes of the show considering I was watching it when I was a child.
Arthur's teacher, Mr. Ratburn, got married to his new life partner in its 22nd season. The whole show, Arthur and his friends think that Mr. Ratburn is marrying a woman, and they are concerned that she isn't the right match for him. However, once they show up to the wedding, they find out that the woman is actually his sister, and that their teacher is actually marrying a man.
MR RATBURN IS GAY HELLO !! HE GOT MARRIED !! pic.twitter.com/T1Emc97Y0f
— EIGHTH WONDER (@WOLFNOlR) May 13, 2019
If Hollywood wants to pack their crappy movies with the LGBTQ agenda, that's fine. Adults can choose as to whether or not they want to watch the garbage. However, it is not acceptable for children shows and channels to add subliminal (or not so subliminal) messages. They are quietly slipping messages to our children that we do not want them accustomed to.
Things get even more worrisome for Arthur and gang as they see the well-liked teacher talking to a woman they believe will leave him miserable after marriage. Not wanting to see Mr. Ratburn suffer, they decide to sabotage the wedding and save him from the nasty woman. However, their well-intentioned plan goes awry when they arrive at the wedding to find out that the woman is actually Mr. Ratburn's sister AND that his bride is, in fact, a groom. Oh, and did we mention that Patrick is a chocolatier?
A report by Comic Book reveals that this isn't the first time Arthur showrunners have explored the topic of same-sex marriages. Back in 2005, more than a decade ago, the show's spinoff series Postcards from Buster had Buster the Rabbit's character visiting Vermont where he met several kids with lesbian parents. However, the episode was a tad ahead of its time for Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings who demanded that PBS pull the plug on it. She also asked that the network return all federal funding used in the production of the episode.
This is not acceptable.