Alabama Public TV chose not to air the Season 22 premiere of animated series Arthur, which includes the same-sex wedding of beloved elementary school teacher Mr. Ratburn.
According to a report from AL.com, APT director of programming Mike McKenzie chose to show a rerun from previous season instead.
“Parents have trusted Alabama Public Television for more than 50 years to provide children’s programs that entertain, educate and inspire,” Mckenzie tells the site. “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.”
In 2005, the pubcaster also pulled a controversial episode of Arthur spinoff Postcards From Buster, which included several children with lesbian moms.
The episode, titled “Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone,” is currently available to stream on PBS’ official site. Click here to watch the episode.