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Alabama church will air “Arthur” episode banned by state public TV for featuring gay rat wedding

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June 04, 2019

The First United Methodist Church in Birmingham, Alabama will screen a controversial episode of “Arthur” titled “Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone” on June 15 at 10 a.m.

The “Arthur” episode recently stirred controversy for featuring a same-sex, cross-species wedding between a humanoid rat (Mr. Ratburn) and a humanoid aardvark (Patrick).

Last month, Alabama Public Television decided not to air that episode of the show after saying that parents should choose whether or not they would allow their children to view a same-sex cartoon wedding. They instead played a rerun of another episode.

Marc Brown, creator of “Arthur,” told People Magazine, “I’m really proud of that episode. And I will defend it to anybody who wants to talk about it.”

“I don’t want children or people who are different to feel excluded. That’s not the kind of world we want to live in,” Brown continued. “And we want children to be educated so they can see there’s not just one type of family. Everyone should feel represented. I think we did that with Arthur.”


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