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« on: May 14, 2019, 05:54:13 pm »

'Arthur' character Mr. Ratburn comes out as gay, gets married in season premiere

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Mr. Ratburn from the children’s show “Arthur” got married to another man in the show’s 22nd season premiere, spurring effusive reactions from those who grew up watching the program.

The episode, titled “Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone,” starred lesbian actor Jane Lynch as a special guest and aired Monday on PBS.

According to TVLine, which first reported on the historic episode, the show began with Arthur and his friends discovering, to their great surprise, that Mr. Ratburn is engaged. The group of animal friends, who seem to perpetually remain 8 years old, find it hard to believe that teachers might have a life outside of school.

But there’s a plot twist: The woman they saw at the lunch is Mr. Ratburn’s sister, not fiancee. Instead, Mr. Ratburn is marrying another man (well, aardvark, actually) named Patrick.

Upon seeing how happy the couple looks together, the group decides not to break up the marriage after all.

Although “Arthur” reemerged circa 2016 with the popularity of angry Arthur memes, many were surprised to learn that the show is still on the air.

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« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2019, 06:33:40 pm »

That's really stupid
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« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2019, 06:36:53 pm »

Morbidly curious as to how the Furry community will be taking this.
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« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2019, 07:03:44 pm »

That's really stupid

No it's not. There will be tens (hundreds?) of thousands of kids who watch this and later turn out to be LGBTQ, and for those who come from anti-LGBTQ families, it may be their only exposure to the idea that it's OK to be gay.
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« Reply #4 on: May 14, 2019, 07:07:24 pm »

That's really stupid

No it's not. There will be tens (hundreds?) of thousands of kids who watch this and later turn out to be LGBTQ, and for those who come from anti-LGBTQ families, it may be their only exposure to the idea that it's OK to be gay.


It's a children's cartoon, I don't want a cartoon flaunting sexuality, I want them to be entertaining to my (hypothetical) children, not teach them the message of social justice. 
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« Reply #5 on: May 14, 2019, 07:13:13 pm »

That's really stupid

No it's not. There will be tens (hundreds?) of thousands of kids who watch this and later turn out to be LGBTQ, and for those who come from anti-LGBTQ families, it may be their only exposure to the idea that it's OK to be gay.


It's a children's cartoon, I don't want a cartoon flaunting sexuality, I want them to be entertaining to my (hypothetical) children, not teach them the message of social justice. 

So you don't want any straight characters in any cartoon? Really??
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« Reply #6 on: May 14, 2019, 07:22:52 pm »

That's really stupid

No it's not. There will be tens (hundreds?) of thousands of kids who watch this and later turn out to be LGBTQ, and for those who come from anti-LGBTQ families, it may be their only exposure to the idea that it's OK to be gay.


It's a children's cartoon, I don't want a cartoon flaunting sexuality, I want them to be entertaining to my (hypothetical) children, not teach them the message of social justice. 

So you don't want any straight characters in any cartoon? Really??

I don't want the characters sexuality to be known in a cartoon? Why? Because it doesn't matter for god's sake.
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« Reply #7 on: May 14, 2019, 07:32:12 pm »

That's really stupid

No it's not. There will be tens (hundreds?) of thousands of kids who watch this and later turn out to be LGBTQ, and for those who come from anti-LGBTQ families, it may be their only exposure to the idea that it's OK to be gay.


It's a children's cartoon, I don't want a cartoon flaunting sexuality, I want them to be entertaining to my (hypothetical) children, not teach them the message of social justice. 

So you don't want any straight characters in any cartoon? Really??

I don't want the characters sexuality to be known in a cartoon? Why? Because it doesn't matter for god's sake.

It does. The children are already exposed to such questions and I'd rather have them being educated in this manner than by overhearing musings of their their gay-hating uncle Bob.
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« Reply #8 on: May 14, 2019, 07:34:03 pm »

Are we sure Mr. Ratburn is following the half plus seven rule? Patrick looks like he could be his son

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« Reply #9 on: May 14, 2019, 07:38:02 pm »

That's really stupid

No it's not. There will be tens (hundreds?) of thousands of kids who watch this and later turn out to be LGBTQ, and for those who come from anti-LGBTQ families, it may be their only exposure to the idea that it's OK to be gay.


It's a children's cartoon, I don't want a cartoon flaunting sexuality, I want them to be entertaining to my (hypothetical) children, not teach them the message of social justice. 

So you don't want any straight characters in any cartoon? Really??

I don't want the characters sexuality to be known in a cartoon? Why? Because it doesn't matter for god's sake.

It does. The children are already exposed to such questions and I'd rather have them being educated in this manner than by overhearing musings of their their gay-hating uncle Bob.

If you want to teach your children about this culture then that's your right, but at least in the US Arthur recieves tax payer funding, and I think it is questionable to teach our young people about this as a government.
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« Reply #10 on: May 14, 2019, 07:41:40 pm »

That's really stupid

No it's not. There will be tens (hundreds?) of thousands of kids who watch this and later turn out to be LGBTQ, and for those who come from anti-LGBTQ families, it may be their only exposure to the idea that it's OK to be gay.


It's a children's cartoon, I don't want a cartoon flaunting sexuality, I want them to be entertaining to my (hypothetical) children, not teach them the message of social justice. 

So you don't want any straight characters in any cartoon? Really??

I don't want the characters sexuality to be known in a cartoon? Why? Because it doesn't matter for god's sake.

It does. The children are already exposed to such questions and I'd rather have them being educated in this manner than by overhearing musings of their their gay-hating uncle Bob.

If you want to teach your children about this culture then that's your right, but at least in the US Arthur recieves tax payer funding, and I think it is questionable to teach our young people about this as a government.

By this definition the U.S. government shouldn't give taxpayer funding to any children show that touches on the subject of racial tolerance, because some people paying said taxes might find it offensive.

Also, what "culture"?
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« Reply #11 on: May 14, 2019, 07:47:41 pm »

The upside is at least all this retconning so far is happening to stuff I never really cared about.
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« Reply #12 on: May 14, 2019, 07:55:45 pm »

That's really stupid

No it's not. There will be tens (hundreds?) of thousands of kids who watch this and later turn out to be LGBTQ, and for those who come from anti-LGBTQ families, it may be their only exposure to the idea that it's OK to be gay.


It's a children's cartoon, I don't want a cartoon flaunting sexuality, I want them to be entertaining to my (hypothetical) children, not teach them the message of social justice. 

So you don't want any straight characters in any cartoon? Really??

I don't want the characters sexuality to be known in a cartoon? Why? Because it doesn't matter for god's sake.

This doesn't really make sense seeing as most of the time characters' sexuality is already known.  I mean, honestly, how many straight characters/couples can you name in children's shows versus LGBT ones?  It's only an issue to some people because LGBT people are getting slightly more representation in children's TV than they had before, which was practically zero because networks were too afraid of offending people or being accused of spreading ZE GAI UGGENDA.
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« Reply #13 on: May 14, 2019, 07:55:52 pm »

Bisexuals exist too you bigots.

Assume nothing.

Nothing.
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« Reply #14 on: May 14, 2019, 09:56:27 pm »

That's really stupid

No it's not. There will be tens (hundreds?) of thousands of kids who watch this and later turn out to be LGBTQ, and for those who come from anti-LGBTQ families, it may be their only exposure to the idea that it's OK to be gay.


It's a children's cartoon, I don't want a cartoon flaunting sexuality, I want them to be entertaining to my (hypothetical) children, not teach them the message of social justice. 

Getting married is " flaunting sexuality"? Cartoons have had hundreds if not thousands of wedding scenes over the years. Have you ever once worried that such scenes flaunted sexuality?
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« Reply #15 on: May 14, 2019, 10:03:15 pm »

Anyone who's offended by this is far more of a snowflake than any leftists are. there's literally nothing sexual or inappropriate for children about this whatsoever, and it will also help LGBT children realize they're normal and others are like them too.
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« Reply #16 on: May 15, 2019, 12:57:20 am »

The children are already exposed to such questions and I'd rather have them being educated in this manner than by overhearing musings of their their gay-hating uncle Bob.

Anyone who's offended by this is far more of a snowflake than any leftists are.
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« Reply #17 on: May 15, 2019, 08:53:47 am »

What!?

Well ok then ig i'm fine with this
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« Reply #18 on: May 15, 2019, 09:22:10 am »

Imagine being told in 1998, when Arthur first premiered, that Mr. Ratburn would be trending on Twitter in 2019 for coming out as gay. Even though I wasn't born until 2000, I wouldn't believe it.

In all seriousness, though, I'm glad that they did this, even though I haven't watched Arthur in years. Normalizing being gay is a good thing; that's how we get to an era of LGBT acceptance.
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« Reply #19 on: May 15, 2019, 09:28:49 am »

I don't get why anyone has a reaction other than "Okay, that's cool I guess." Best case scenario, some children will learn that it's okay to be in a non-heterosexual relationship. Worst case scenario, some episode of a kids' show that hasn't been relevant in over a decade has a gay marriage in it. I get why people would think that this is an historic benchmark in television, and I also get why people don't want today's youth to be exposed to such issues such as social justice and the concept of being LGBT early on, but at the end of the day, it's a freaking kids' show.

Also, who even watches Arthur anymore? The ratings are down, and a large heap of Western children now get their entertainment from watching YouTube videos on their moms' iPads.
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« Reply #20 on: May 15, 2019, 01:02:29 pm »

and a large heap of Western children now get their entertainment from watching YouTube videos on their moms' iPads.

This is a bad thing.
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« Reply #21 on: May 15, 2019, 02:14:43 pm »

Imagine being told in 1998, when Arthur first premiered, that Mr. Ratburn would be trending on Twitter in 2019 for coming out as gay. Even though I wasn't born until 2000, I wouldn't believe it.

Yeah, my first response would be "What's a tweeter?"
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« Reply #22 on: May 15, 2019, 05:59:47 pm »

and a large heap of Western children now get their entertainment from watching YouTube videos on their moms' iPads.

This is a bad thing.

Hell yes. Spiderman & Elsa is a strong example.
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« Reply #23 on: May 15, 2019, 06:39:47 pm »

Anyone who's offended by this is far more of a snowflake than any leftists are. there's literally nothing sexual or inappropriate for children about this whatsoever, and it will also help LGBT children realize they're normal and others are like them too.
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« Reply #24 on: May 15, 2019, 06:54:30 pm »

and a large heap of Western children now get their entertainment from watching YouTube videos on their moms' iPads.

This is a bad thing.

Hell yes. Spiderman & Elsa is a strong example.

Let it go. Let it go.
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