While the late-Arthur spin-off show Postcards from Buster once featured a gay couple in a 2005 episode entitled Sugartime, it was denounced by former USA secretary of education, Margaret Spellings, according to Variety.
The outed cartoon character is his strict but helpful teacher, Mr. Ratburn who reportedly has a gay wedding in the forthcoming 22nd season in an episode titled Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone, TV Line reports. To really jump-start the new season, the series launched the first episode with Mr. Ratburn's wedding, revealing in the process that Mr. Ratburn is actuallygay!
He's been the teacher to Arthur, Buster and Francine for years but outside of the classroom - and his love of cake - not much has been known about Mr Ratburn's personal life. When Mr. Ratburn walks down the aisle, he is arm in arm with a man.
Over a decade later, however, Mr. Ratburn's big day has been widely celebrated on the Internet, with viewers and fans of the show sending their support via social media.
Some folks were just as shocked to find out "Arthur" still airs new episodes.
Another person wrote: 'PSA: Mr. Ratburn from "Arthur" is gay. PBS Kids really is that b****.
As TVLine reported, the plot revolved around Arthur and the gang finding out their teacher, Mr. Ratburn, is getting married. Not only that, but the show promoted same-sex marriage in what has been considered an "incredibly heartwarming" episode.
Believe it or not, the animated kid's series Arthur is still going strong on the air.
The educational show targets kids aged four to eight and often tackles hard topics families deal with in their daily lives.
Arthur was announced by PBS to run for at least another four seasons until season 25 where it could tackle more topics about acceptance and the LGBTQ community.
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