"Arthur" is a hit cartoon show that his been on television for years. Many children remember watching the program as young kids.
However, the show is now making headlines for the actions of one particular state. Alabama announced they were not going to be playing the "Arthur" episode that depicted same-sex marriage.
Director Mike Mckenzie defended the move to AL.com in a statement, saying, "Parents have trusted Alabama Public Television for more than 50 years to provide children’s programs that entertain, educate and inspire," according to Fox.
“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," Mckenzie said. "We also know that children who are younger than the ‘target’ audience for Arthur also watch the program.”
The channel will instead play a previous aired episode of the show. A petition has been started online by leftist groups to get Alabama to air the episode.
The move comes during a major firestorm for the state concerning abortion. Many critics have blasted Alabama for taking strong measures to end abortion in the state. Conservatives have applauded the efforts.
"The episode, titled 'Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone,' aired nationally on May 13. In the episode, Arthur attends the wedding of his teacher and his partner," reported Fox.
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