“Won’t someone think of the children?” is often a line used for comedic irony regarding censorship, but in this case that’s exactly what happened. Alabama Public Television decided to pull the Arthur episode titled “Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone” from airing during the regularly scheduled line-up for the sake of kids.
TVLine.com quoted APT director of programming, Mike McKenzie, who stated…
“Parents have trusted Alabama Public Television for more than 50 years to provide children’s programs that entertain, educate and inspire. 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.”
This actually spawned from preemptive notification about the episode, which featured a longtime Arthur character named Mr. Ratburn who ended up getting married to his partner, who turned out to be another male.
The gay marriage was not something that the program director wanted kids subjected to, and so opted to show a re-run instead of that episode, as reported by Al.com, which explained…
“APT was notified by WGBH and PBS in mid-April about the episode entitled “Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone” and decided to show a re-run. Mckenzie said APT has no plans to air the episode at a later date.”
The episode is effectively banned from Alabama Public Television.
As pointed out by Al.com, the station – along with many others – also opted out of airing the 2005 episode from Postcards from Buster, which featured two lesbian mothers. At the time APT executive director Allan Pizzato told the outlet…
“Our feeling is that we basically have a trust with parents about our programming. This program doesn’t fit into that,’”
Liberal media outlets and Social Justice Warriors online will argue heavily against what is effectively censorship of a television program. They will likely call APT’s program director a “bigot” or “homophobic”.
[Update:] They have started calling the director a “bigot”.
The director of programming at @APTV is a bigot. He refused to show Arthur (cartoon) attending a gay wedding. We’ll watch it on https://t.co/OuxxWztpIl with our 6yo and teaching him about unconditional love in the face of hate and love is love is love.https://t.co/CGvis3T9LG
— Sarah Parcak (@indyfromspace) May 20, 2019
However, on the opposite end of the spectrum there are those who will justify the exclusion of the episode from the television programming line-up, stating that the episode promoted views they weren’t comfortable with their kids seeing.
The Al.com article and Tvline.com article (among many others) attempt to paint it as a situation resulting in viewers being morose from the censorship, but that wasn’t how every parent felt about the situation. The Al.com comment section is filled with people who are okay with the episode being pulled, and those who are not. The typical gist is that some parents don’t believe that it’s the job of a public television station to foist sociopolitical views onto children.
The thing is, many Liberals and Social Justice Warriors will yell “Censorship!” at the instance of the episode being pulled from APT, but you won’t find nary an SJW standing up for the censorship that Valve is forcing on Asian developers.
SJWs are two-faced cultural crooks who are completely okay with indoctrinating kids with drag culture, homosexuality, and transgenderism, but will screech and howl at grown adults playing some hand-drawn game with big anime titties.
This kind of filthy, degenerate behavior is what makes normal people hate SJWs so much. They’re okay with perverting the minds of kids but don’t want consenting adults purchasing games with big jiggly boob physics or chicks sporting bare shapely thighs.
It’s one thing if they were just out and out heathens, promoting hedonism and anti-censorship at every turn. At least you could respect their resolve for having consistent principles; but no, they don’t even have consistent principles.
These low-down dirty scumbags will advocate for censorship at a moment’s notice by bombarding the social media feeds of game companies, anime studios, artists, and creators to censor anything that remotely disrupts their fragile and hypocritical sensibilities.
We’ve seen them recently attempt to get Catherine: Full Body censored because they claimed a story element was “transphobic”.
They cheered when games like Super Seducer and Omega Labyrinth Z got banned from the PS4 while also deriding them, yet turned around and championed games like Dream Daddy: A Daddy Dating Simulator, and praised TV shows like She-Ra and the Princesses of Power for promoting “the gay agenda“.
They also had an artist kicked out of a concept art contest for Paladins because he drew a character as an evil Nazi a year before the contest took place. Meanwhile they praised Gears for Breakfast for adding a trans flag to the kids game and berated anyone who criticized Gears for Breakfast for including the flag in A Hat In Time.
These regressive Leftists also attempted to pressure PQube into censoring a visual novel for adults because the game contained innuendo. All while simultaneously promoting gay characters in games aimed at young people.
Meanwhile these same SJWs have defended the underage sex scene in Life Is Strange 2: Episode 3, even though if we were going by Valve’s standards on “child exploitation” the episode should have been banned.
These chuckle-cucks are so quick to advocate for “representation” and “diversity” but only in one direction and only for the purpose of indoctrinating people. You want to play an anime game in the privacy of your own home and woo the waifu of your dreams? No can do, jefe. You want to fondle 3D hotties in a VR game at your own leisure? Not gonna happen, hombre. Oh but you don’t want your kid looking at two male rats getting married? Oh, well now you’re a “homophobic”, “bigoted”, “Conservatard”.
It’s one thing to promote propaganda, but it’s another thing to promote propaganda in one direction and censorship in the other.
In this case the propagandists got hit with their own form of censorship and I’m pretty sure they won’t be happy about it. Maybe now they’ll know what it feels like when weebs and otaku get oppressed by these industry-wide censorship policies ruining entertainment.
(Thanks for the news tip Quickshooter)