|Category : Animation/ Children/|
|Language : English/|
|Production : Hollywood/|
|Target : LGBT/|
“Arthur,” the longest-running animated series for children in the USA, began its twenty-second season with the surprise “marriage” of Arthur the Aardvark’s teacher Mr. Ratburn to another man.
Arthur, started in 1996 is an American television series on education which often deals with family children issues of sickness, autism etc. Arthur is 8yrs aardvark who deals with his friends and family, and their daily interactions with each other. The theme has been centering around diversity in people’s personalities , thoughts and interests.
Important point is that it is among classic animated series with around 10 Million viewers weekly and is being telecasted in 83 countries which includes most of Europe, UK and even Muslim countries like Lebanon, Turkey and Palestine.
In the May episode, Titled “Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone,” the PBS Kids series’ Season 22 premiere episode revealed that one of its characters, Mr. Ratburn, is gay. The elementary school teacher, a rat, tied the knot with a male aardvark named Patrick in the episode.
Arthur and his classmates are intrigued to discover that their teacher is getting married and begin to investigate who his bride might be. When the children appear at the ceremony, they discover that Mr. Ratburn doesn’t have a bride. Instead, he walks down the aisle of the wedding tent on the arm of a male aardvark named Patrick. The adult aardvark winks knowingly at the viewer whereupon 8-year-old Arthur and his classmate exchange delighted smiles
The producers and TV anchors as you can see in the video links we have at the bottom are supporting this on media. Their point is that we have to accept LGBT , it is a reality and children should know this. By explicitly presenting this, the children will raise questions and their parents should answer them as they need to learn (which means prepare to take this route) and if parents hesitate then schools are ready with an RSE agenda.
Another interesting point is that the class teacher is presented as a Gay , and doing Gay marriage. Teachers are ideals for students and they are ones whom the students follow. They wanted to show that this is something acceptable as someone who is sanctimonious is doing this.
|URL : Gay Marriage clip|
|URL3 : Clip with defense from TV Anchors|