Alabama Public Television REFUSES to air Arthur same-sex marriage episode

Alabama Public Television refuses to air Arthur episode with gay wedding

'Arthur's' Gay Wedding Episode Banned by Alabama Public Television

She and her daughter were disappointed when the episode, which still was named "Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone", turned out to be a re-run.

PBS notified stations in April about the episode due to "possible viewer concerns about the content of the program". The episode, titled "Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone", revolved around the same-sex wedding of the series' elementary school teacher.

Love is love! Arthur premiered its 22nd season on Monday with a wedding episode.

McKenzie added that the network has no plans to air it as they believed of they did it would take away the choice of parents who felt it was inappropriate for their children.

AL.com reports that APT director of programming Mike Mckenzie defended the decision by saying parents trust that their children can watch the station without supervision.

Arthur, the delightful cartoon about animals and their families, has been running since 1996 and has so far aired an extraordinary 243 episodes, with more yet to come in this current season. "We also know that children who are younger than the "target" audience for Arthur also watch the program".

Alabama so far is the only known state not to air the episode. This program doesn't fit into that, " Alabama Public Television's executive then-director Allan Pizzato told AL.com in 2005.

Alabama Public Television refused to air an episode of the PBS children's show "Arthur" that featured a same-sex marriage. At the time, a network exec said, "Our feeling is that we basically have a trust with parents about our programming".

"I never thought I'd be going to battle for a gay rat wedding, but here we are", she said.

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