Recently we reported that the new season of the PBS Kids show “Arthur” was to feature the kid’s teacher Mr. Ratburn marrying another man. However, it looks like children in Alabama were not able to view that episode when it aired last week.
According to AL.com, children in Alabama did not see the episode titled “Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone.” Instead, Alabama Public Television decided to air a re-run episode instead. The public television network made the decision not to air the episode back in April after the local PBS station notified them about the episode.
Mike Mckenzie, director of programming at APT, said, “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 afterward. 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.”
This isn’t the first time that television network pulled an episode from the show. Back in 2005, they also decided not to air an episode where Baxter, visited a girl who had two mothers.
Allan Pizzato, who was the executive director at APT during that time said, “Our feeling is that we basically have a trust with parents about our programming. This program doesn’t fit into that.”
Misty Souder, a substitute teacher at a local school had a different viewpoint and was actually disappointed that the actual episode didn’t air. She had planned to watch it with her daughter when she learned that the network aired a re-run instead.
Misty said, “I just want her to be aware. There’s too much going on not to stand up for stuff, even if it’s Arthur. I never thought I’d be going to battle for a gay rat wedding, but here we are.”
The “Arthur” episode, “Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone,” can be viewed on PBS’s official website.
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