Alabama Steps Backwards by Banning Arthur Episode
The LGBTQ community has come so far in the last twenty years that it seems odd that the airing of the PBS children’s show Arthur could be banned. Yet leave it up to the state of Alabama to do so. On May 13, the premier episode of Arthur titled, “Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone,” was to be the 22nd season premiere of the show. The show featured Arthur’s third grade teacher, Mr. Ratburn getting married to Patrick, a chocolatier.
Mike Mcenzie, the director of programing of APT gave the statement,
“Parents have trusted Alabama Public Television for more than 50 years to provide children’s programs that entertain, educate and inspire. … 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.”
Even if you think, well this is just one state, consider this. When Alabama passed the heartbeat bill in May, other states followed. Will this be the new trend? Will other states follow? And what effects will a same sex wedding have on children? Apparently none if you consider that millions of children are watching Nickelodeons, The Loud House, every week day between 2 and 4:30 pm. In The Loud House, Howard and Harold McBride are the same sex parents of the main character’s best friend Clyde. Yet no parents are voicing concern over this.
So, will this be a new trend or is it a small story that will pass in the night and fade like all the other controversial banned episodes? Roseanne’s lesbian kiss in “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” or Ellen’s coming out in “The Puppy Episode”? We will have to wait and see.