PBS has in the past caved to conservative pressure, but not this time.
Alabama Public Television (APT) is taking a hard stance against the PBS animated kid's show "Arthur" by refusing to air one of its episodes.
Just over a week ago the show kicked-off its 22nd season with a storyline that depicts a same-sex wedding in the dénouement.
Hard right "family" organizations immediately began to boycott the show and start petitions in a call for PBS to pull the episode. But unlike a previous time when the network caved and pulled a lesbian-themed storyline, they let this one air.
APT is siding with the conservative viewpoint and has censored their lineup to exclude the premiere.
“Parents have trusted Alabama Public Television for more than 50 years to provide children’s programs that entertain, educate, and inspire,” Mike McKenzie, a spokesperson for APT, said in a statement. “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.”
Parents and kids can watch the “Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone" in its entirety at PBSkids.org.