BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Public Television has chosen not to air an episode of the PBS children’s show “Arthur” because it included a same-sex wedding.
The episode “Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone” aired nationally on May 13, showing Arthur attending the wedding of his teacher and partner.
APT showed a re-run instead.
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.
The station had previously pulled an episode of “Arthur” in 2005 when a character had two mothers.
Misty Souder, a substitute teacher from McCalla, Alabama, says she’s disappointed. She says she’s using this to teach her 9-year-old daughter about the importance of standing up for minority groups.
CBS 42 reached out to PBS about APT’s decision, in reply, they stated
PBS stations are independently run and make local scheduling decisions for programs. For reference, here is PBS’ statement on the Arthur episode “Mr. Ratburn & The Special Someone”:
PBS KIDS programs are designed to reflect the diversity of communities across the nation. We believe it is important to represent the wide array of adults in the lives of children who look to PBS KIDS every day.
If parents in Alabama want their kids to see the season 22 premiere episode, “Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone” is available on PBS’ website.