Alabama Public Television Refuses to Air Gay Wedding Episode of “Arthur”


While it seems as though America is quickly sliding down the slippery slopes of immorality and sexual perversion, there does appear to be one place left where traditional values still stand firm Alabama.

Alabama Public Television (APT) took a stand against the LGBT agenda this month by refusing to air the “Arthur” episode in which his teacher, Mr. Ratburn, marries another male character.  The episode, titled “Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone” aired nationwide on May 13th, but APT opted to air a rerun in its place with no place to air the episode in the future.

The director of programming at APT, Mike Mckenzie, said in an email, “Parents have trusted Alabama Public Television for more than 50 years to provide children’s programs that entertain, educate and inspire.  More importantly – although we strongly encourage parents to watch television with their children and talk about what they have learned afterwards – 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.”

This is a very good reason to not air the episode  and one that LGBT advocates should take into consideration.  The indoctrination of young children should never be acceptable, but to sneak it into a children’s show  is especially problematic.

Setting aside the content for a moment, Mckenzie’s point that a lot of children watch the channel unsupervised is exactly what makes this so wrong.  How many parents were blindsided by questions from their young children after they unknowingly allowed them to watch what they assumed was an innocent show?

This isn’t the first time APT has barred an episode of Arthur from airing.  Back in 2005, they refused to air an episode in which one of the characters, Buster, went on a trip and visited a girl who had two moms.

The reasoning from APT was the same.  According to, then-director Allan Pizzato said, “Our feeling is that we basically have a trust with parents about our programming.  This program doesn’t fit into that.”

It’s a shame that APT seems to be the only network in America who values the rights of parents to determine what their children are exposed to.  It is just unrealistic to expect that parents are screening every single show their children watch, especially when the show has historically been “safe.”  This is exactly what LGBT proponents are banking on.

Of course, there was an expected pushback.  

One mom said she and her daughter were disappointed to find a rerun in place of the new episode when they tuned in.  Misty Souder, a substitute teacher from McCalla, AL, saw information about the gay wedding to be featured in the episode on social media and recorded it to watch with her 9-year-old daughter.

According to a report by, Souder said, “I just want her to be aware.” She went on, “There’s too much going on not to stand up for stuff, even if it’s Arthur.  I never thought I’d be going to battle for a gay rat wedding, but here we are.”

I think this woman being willing to “go to battle for a gay rat wedding” in the first place says it all. The point of show like this is precisely to indoctrinate, not educate or entertain.

APT did the right thing.


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