Arthur Reveals Mr. Ratburn Is Gay, and Twitter Has Feelings About It


To really jump-start the new season, the series launched the first episode with Mr. Ratburn's wedding, revealing in the process that Mr. Ratburn is actually gay!

Of course, this isn't the first time the Arthur-verse has featured a gay character. However, the episode was condemned by then Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings, prompting PBS to pull the episode.

The educational show targets kids aged four to eight and often tackles hard topics families deal with in their daily lives.

In the new episode "Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone", viewers finally get to see Mr. Ratburn marry his husband! That's cool and all but why?

It comes a week after a new study found there were no examples of LGBT characters in American kid's shows. "Don't get me wrong, I respect the LGBTQ+ community". The last one occurred in the episode "Postcards from Buster" 14 years ago when Arthur's friend met children with two moms during a trip to Vermont, according to TV Line. Several users referred to him as a gay icon.

In a statement to, PBS said that "PBS KIDS programs are created to reflect the diversity of communities across the nation".

The animated show, which has run since 1996, is primarily aimed at children from ages 4 to 8 but often explores challenging themes such as cancer, diabetes, and dyslexia.

"I am disappointed by PBS's decision", Marc Brown, author of the "Arthur" books and creator of both television series, said to the Times in a statement.