Praise for long running TV series, Arthur, the popular children’s animated show, which recently featured a gay wedding.
In the long loved series, Mr. Nigel Ratburn has been an elementary school teacher for the animated characters, but his sexual orientation was never mentioned.
On Monday, the series premiere titled Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone featured Mr. Ratburn getting married to another man — and Twitter was loving the plot decision.
Viewers watched Mr. Ratburn happily walk down the aisle with a groom on his arm, as the two men prepared to get married.
The groom in question was a man named Patrick and owned a chocolate shop in the fictional town.
Later in the episode characters Muffy, Arthur and Buster discussed the wedding and seeing their teacher happy with his new husband.
Buster is then heard saying, ‘It’s a brand new world,’ hinting at how society has changed to be more accepting of people’s sexual orientation and ability to get married.
Praise for the inclusive episode
The heartwarming episode was well received by viewers who praised PBS on Twitter for incorporating a gay character into the children’s show.
‘Welcome out and congratulations Mr. Ratburn,’ one person tweeted.
Another person wrote: ‘PSA: Mr. Ratburn from “Arthur” is gay. Do you know how amazing it is that someone who’s been on the show from the start, someone who’s a main character, is openly gay and getting married on a kids show? PBS Kids really is that b****. Plus, all his students are at his wedding!’
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