Children’s Cartoon Does Gay Marriage Storyline With Your Tax Dollars
The children’s program Arthur first began airing in 1996 on PBS, and is produced by the public broadcaster’s Boston-based flagship station WGBH. The show is based on a book series of the same name by famed children’s author and illustrator Marc Brown.
Personally, my first exposure to the series and the title character was through a Living Books CD-ROM game which adapts the 1986 installment in the series, Arthur’s Teacher Trouble. That book introduced readers to the strict 3rd Grade teacher, Mr. Ratburn.
Last week, PBS introduced a storyline in which Mr. Ratburn comes out as gay and marries his boyfriend.
Here’s the synopsis according to TVLine:
Arthur and his pals are shocked to discover that Mr. Ratburn is engaged — mostly because they refuse to accept that their teachers actually have lives outside of school. “When they go home, they sharpen pencils, eat kale and dream up homework assignments,” Buster insists. “They don’t even sleep! They just go into low-power mode and watch documentaries.”
There’s no problem with gay marriage storylines in media. But, if a storyline involving these themes is done in mainstream TV, don’t use established characters to get your point across. Not to mention if these were original LGBT characters on a show aimed at teenagers (middle school or high school age), that would have been fine. But, this is a show aimed at very young children (ages 4-8) talking about a subject that’s inappropriate for people of that age group.
On a similar note, if children are really curious about LGBT issues, they should wait until they’re at least in middle school and talk to their parents (or teachers to some extent) about it.
Big business has done similar things when it comes to controversial themes (just look at Nickelodeon’s Pride Month promo from last year), but PBS is a taxpayer-funded organization. And they use that money to destroy a long-running cartoon series based on one of the most well-known characters in children’s literature? Unbelievable.
Now is the time for Congress to cut public funding for PBS, as well as the even more left-wing NPR. No taxpayer dollars should be supporting enterprises that use their programming to push a 100% liberal worldview, let alone get kids at an early age.
Former Trump official Sebastian Gorka was also outraged about what PBS has done to Arthur:
That’s been the left from Robespierre to Trotsky to Marcuse to Alinsky to Clinton to Obama to today. Civil society doesn’t exist, friendship doesn’t exist, family doesn’t exist—only permanent revolution. Have you seen what I’ve posted on my Twitter feed with regards to family? Arthur is a children’s cartoon. I think it’s actually made with your money, PBS. My children used to watch Arthur 15 years ago, about a rodent-like creature that lived and had fun in his cartoon world. The new season of Arthur will have one of Arthur’s teachers at school, a male teacher married to a fellow male rodent. Did you have any questions about there being a culture war, ladies and gentlemen? Did you have any doubt in your mind? This is a war for our culture.
Gorka went a bit overboard with the commentary. With that said, he is right about how PBS has become a 24-hour propaganda outfit running as an arm of the far-left. If they want to follow the left-wing worldview of competitors like Nick, Disney Channel, and the Cartoon Network, they should compete in the private marketplace. But I guarantee you if PBS Kids did that, it would go the way of said competitors and see a massive ratings drop as a result of emerging powerhouses such as Netflix.
Stuff like this is inexcusable in a country like the United States. Children are losing their innocence at younger and younger ages with the content coming out today, and PBS ought to be ashamed of themselves for falling into the trap set by their private-sector competitors.