So not only does Alabama feel the need to to tell women what they can and can’t do with their babies, but now they’re dictating what can be shown on TV?
Alabama…baby…what is you doing?
Some background: Alabama Public Television decided against airing an episode of ‘Arthur’ where two rats, Mr. Ratburn and his lover, get married. Seems harmless right? I mean, we’re in 2019. If you seriously have a problem with gay people then you need to get your shit together cause it’s not a big deal.
Anyway, this has obviously caused some controversy. And what was their bullshit reasoning for not airing the episode? Well this is what director of APT Mike Mckenzie had to say:
“Parents have trusted Alabama Public Television for more than 50 years to provide children’s programs that entertain, educate and inspire,” Mckenzie said in an email. “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.”
So lemme get this straight (pun), you don’t think that kids should watch an episode of television where two animated rats, who are both men, get married? But yet if these same kids somehow get the remote and flip to FX, they can see all the violence and brief nudity they want? Makes sense. Blood and asses? That’s fine. But god forbid they see two men (rats) together!
Oh, and based upon this quote, Mckenzie doesn’t want very young kids who may not be the ‘target audience’ for ‘Arthur’, to see two males get married. Oh the horror! What would their little minds think! What if seeing that turns them gay!? OH NO!
This isn’t the first time these imbeciles did this either.
There was an episode of Arthur that aired in 2005 in which one of the characters visited another characters house and said character had two moms. You think that episode saw the light of day in Alabama? For sure not!
Their reasoning back then?
“Our feeling is that we basically have a trust with parents about our programming. This program doesn’t fit into that”
I get that it was 2005 and things have changed for the better since then, but I mean come on. What a bullshit reason.
The fact that we still have people or organizations that are rebelling against gay people and characters is absurd to me. It’s a fucking kids show. If you’re goal is to educate children, why would you shelter them from something like gay marriage?
One could argue that it’s even more important now for kids to learn about sexual preference at a young age. Children being exposed and educated on the topic would prevent them from viewing it as ‘taboo’ or ‘wrong’ as they get older since they’ve already been educated on it.
Alabama needs to get it’s shit together. Hasn’t been a good week or so for them.