This week marked an important milestone in the history of animated weddings: the wedding of “Arthur
” characters Mr. Rathburn and his wife, Patrick.
Although the script did not explicitly state that the ceremony involved two male characters, the episode titled "Mr. Ratburn & the Special Someone," which aired two years ago, sparked controversy.
A number of conservative pundits and right-wing organizations slammed the PBS
show, and Alabama Public Television reportedly refused to air the episode.
“Arthur” creator Marc Brown expressed disappointment with the negative reactions, claiming that portraying a same-sex marriage on a children
’s show was a way to make all viewers feel represented.
“Why shouldn’t their teacher marry another man? We all know gay, trans people
, and it’s socially acceptable,” Brown said. “Why is there this discomfort that it makes it into our national media
The show marked the occasion by inviting Twitter
users to send their best wishes to the happy animated couple.
We were invited to one of the best weddings Elwood City has ever seen two years ago today, so let us wish Mr. Ratburn and Patrick a happy two-year anniversary
! #LoveWins pic.Twitter.com/rcp2AsKwqW — Arthur Read (@ArthurPBS) May 13, 2021
Users on Twitter were more than happy to help.
The official Arthur page asked people to wish Mr. Ratburn and his husband a happy two-year anniversary, and the comments have been a journey pic.Twitter.com/42S7BB7brs— Nina Luckshmi Mohan (@NinaLMohan) May 13, 2021
Mr. Giullare (@MrGiullare) May 13, 2021
— DarkPopplio94 (Luna/Swen) STREAM ELINOR! (@JammerFuzzy) May 13, 2021
— MarioSonicPrime45 (@MarioSonicPro1) May 13, 2021
It was hilarious to watch people get upset over a gay rat wedding.— 404_nowheres_not_found (@Nowheres404) May 14, 2021
I was? Huh, because I don't remember ever receiving an invitation; it must have gotten lost in the mail.— Tyler (AKA: "Robert Uppey, Jr.
") (@IntrepidMegan) May 13, 2021
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