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Alabama public TV refuses to air "Arthur" episode with gay wedding

Season 22 of “Arthur” kicked off with a distinct marriage ceremony episode that had folks around the nation speaking. On the other hand children in Alabama didn’t see the Might 13 episode, by which Arthur’s trainer, Mr. Ratburn marries his spouse. That is as it was once by no means aired.

Alabama Public Tv (APT) selected to not air the episode, entitled “Mr. Ratburn and the Particular Somebody,” consistent with AL.com. As a substitute, “Arthur” enthusiasts within the state noticed a rerun episode. 

The verdict was once made again in April, when the native PBS station was once notified in regards to the content material of the episode, Mike Mckenzie, director of programming at APT, advised AL.com. CBS Information has reached out to Mckenzie and a number of other people at APT for remark and is watching for reaction.

Arthur and his friends show up to the wedding ready to object to it – only to see Mr. Ratburn walk down the aisle with his groom.
Arthur and his buddies to start with attempt to forestall the marriage – then they understand Mr. Ratburn isn’t marrying an uptight girl, however a as a substitute, a person.


Mckenzie advised AL.com that APT has no plans to air the episode at a later date. “Oldsters have relied on Alabama Public Tv for greater than 50 years to offer youngsters’s techniques that entertain, train and encourage,” Mckenzie mentioned in an e mail to the station. 

“Extra importantly – even supposing we strongly inspire folks to observe tv with their youngsters and discuss what they’ve realized afterwards – folks agree with that their youngsters can watch APT with out their supervision,” he mentioned. “We additionally know that youngsters who’re more youthful than the ‘goal’ target audience for Arthur additionally watch this system.”

Within the premiere episode, Arthur and his buddies concern their trainer goes to marry an uptight girl, but if they get to the marriage rite, they be informed Mr. Ratburn is marrying a person. They are relieved and satisfied for his or her trainer.

It’s not the primary time APT has pulled an episode of the youngsters’s display from air. In a 2005 episode, Arthur’s good friend, Buster, meets a kid who has two moms. APT didn’t air that episode both.

On the time, APT’s then-director, Allan Pizzato, advised AL.com: “Our feeling is that we principally have a agree with with folks about our programming. This program does not are compatible into that.”

If folks in Alabama need their children to peer the season 22 premiere episode, “Mr. Ratburn and the Particular Somebody” is to be had on PBS’ web site.

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